To The Man Who Raised My Man

Somebody crossed my mind today…

I was cuddling my baby to sleep then I suddenly thought about him. After recalling some memories with him, unexpectedly, tears fell from my eyes. I only got to be with him for almost 2 months, and it was an honor to meet my father-in-law.

I wonder how things could have been if he is still alive. I wish he is here with us instead. He was a very kindhearted man. I agree with what others say, my husband is so much like his dad, very good man, slow to anger, mellow, God loving, and a very loving husband and father. My father-in-law would talk about his children to me, with all his heart. I can see he was teary eyed whenever he talked about them. I could feel how much he loved them. I remember some things he told me: some stories, his feelings towards some people. I remember he thought me how to do the laundry or even how to properly cut the onions. You see, I was not really domesticated. Back home in the Philippines, there were people who helped us with housework (that’s just the culture or way of life there).

I moved to my boyfriend’s house (who is now my husband) on March 1, 2007 and my father-in-law died on April 23. I remember that day. At around 3:00pm he told me he was going out to refill some gallons of water from a store nearby. He did not usually go out during those hours. I even asked him why don’t he just wait for his son. I think he said it is good to take a walk or exercise and that he was going to use the back door. He used his push cart to carry the empty water bottles. My husband usually came home at 4:30pm and then we received a phone call. He had an accident on the road while he was crossing. So that’s the end. He never came back…

This is a very unforgettable experience to me. It was the first time I experienced being around somebody who is alive and happy… then gone forever. This reminded me once again of a song in my head. It makes me really sad when I hear this song. I guess this is how our lives are. We are here now then we can be gone any moment.

“Gone Too Soon”

Like A Comet
Blazing ‘Cross The Evening Sky
Gone Too SoonLike A Rainbow
Fading In The Twinkling Of An Eye
Gone Too SoonShiny And Sparkly
And Splendidly Bright
Here One Day
Gone One NightLike The Loss Of Sunlight
On A Cloudy Afternoon
Gone Too Soon

Like A Castle
Built Upon A Sandy Beach
Gone Too Soon

Like A Perfect Flower
That Is Just Beyond Your Reach
Gone Too Soon

Born To Amuse, To Inspire, To Delight
Here One Day
Gone One Night

Like A Sunset
Dying With The Rising Of The Moon
Gone Too Soon

Gone Too Soon