Wednesday, December 31, 2003
We will be having our combined Christmas and New Year's party in our subdivision tonight. I have to attend that for several reasons: 1.) I am the secretary of the association and 2.) it will be held on my street! Aren't those good enough reasons? A street party! this will be different from the previous ones we had.
Tomorrow, the family will be going to my mother's house in Marikina for our annual get together. I'm sure my mom will be asking me again who I am. I miss my old mom. She used to be very sharp! I miss my dad! I remember the Christmas season during my youth. We used to cook a lot of stuff for media noche. That ham that used to hang by the corner would have been moldy by now so we would clean it thoroughly then cook it with beer and sugar and other stuff. My dad and I would have our hands soaked in hot water cleaning the garbanzos beans and who can ever forget that halayang ube which have to be constantly stirred until it reached a certain consistency. The longer you stirred the harder it got!
Yes, I miss those days! And yes, we had house help before! It certainly is different when all you had to do was follow orders and everything was taken care of. Now that I'm head of the family, I don't think I'm doing any good. There have always been times when I doubt if Dad would have been doing this or that! I wish I still have mom and dad with us! The kids would have loved them very much for sure!