Meme Time

Got this meme from Gigi’s blog.

1. My uncle once: thought of sending me to a finishing school.  He thought I needed to be taught how to “walk like a lady”.

2. Never in my life: did I smoke or do drugs.

3. When I was five: I started going to a convent school where I would stay for the next 12 years.

4. High school was: pretty much uneventful.  My parents were strict and I wasn’t allowed to go out much.

5. I will never forget: the night Bong and I had to leave our rented apartment in the middle of a stormy night, carrying a 6 month old Chino, because the flood was getting too high inside.  The water was thigh-level, we had no clothes except those we had on, there was no milk for the baby. It took us a considerable length of time to traverse the 100 meters needed to reach our landlady’s house.  That was because of the very strong current (just to illustrate how strong the current was:  a car got carried away!).  Bong and I couldn’t have made it on our own.  Two big men had to walk with us against the current.  Bong lost his footing temporarily and I thought I would be found washed up in the Pasig River.  We made it to our landlady’s house okay.  She had an infant son too, so we were able to get some milk for Chino.  We lost a lot of things in the flood, though – books, shoes, appliances, photographs.  

6. Once I met: the vocalist of my favorite band in the middle of a schoolday.  I was in high school and it was the first time I cut classes but I wasn’t really afraid because more than half my class were there too.

7. There’s this boy I know: who thinks I’m the coolest (for how long that will last, I have no idea).

8. Once, at a bar: I realized that I was the only girl with about a dozen male classmates.  

9. By noon, I’m usually: preparing Trixi for her nap.

10. Last night: I sat in front of the computer.

11. If only I had: more patience.

12. Next time I go to church: I will pray for the soul of Amiel Alcantara, the Gr. 4 Atenean who died in a car accident.

13. What worries me most: is that I cannot protect my children from all the dangers in the world.

14. When I turn my head left I see: shelves filled with books and pictures of my loved ones.

15. When I turn my head right I see: the phone.

16. You know I’m lying when: I can’t look straight at you.

17. What I miss most about the Eighties is: med school – that was when I met some of my dearest friends, lived away from home,  learned to drink, joined a sorority, fell in love and realized my dream of becoming a doctor.

18. If I were a character in Shakespeare I’d be:  I don’t know too many Shakespearean characters to choose.

19. By this time next year: I hope to visit Jerick and his family.

20. A better name for me would be: no other.  Giselle is it.

21. I have a hard time understanding: why we can’t have good leaders.  Surely there must be someone out there who is capable of good governance. I also don’t see why priests should have a say on my reproductive choices.

22. If I ever go back to school, I’ll: enroll in culinary courses.

23. You know I like you if: I call or see you again.

24. If I ever won an award, the first person I would thank would be: Bong.

25. Take my advice, never: think that you can be on time if you have kids.

26. My ideal breakfast is: fatless tocino with fried rice and egg.  Yummy!

27. A song I love but do not have is:  Lovin’ You.

28. If you visit my hometown, I suggest you: brace yourself for the traffic.

29. Why won’t people: stop being greedy?

30. If you spend a night at my house: we could talk and enjoy some drinks.

31. I’d stop my wedding for: nothing.  

32. The world could do without: prejudice.

33. I’d rather lick the belly of a cockroach than: eat it.

34. My favourite blonde(s) is/are: Gwyneth Paltrow.

35. Paper clips are more useful than: staples.

36. If I do anything well it’s: being a mother to my 2 kids.

37. I can’t help but: feel bad for every child who gets hurt.

38. I usually cry: when I’m watching movies.

39. My advice to my child/nephew/niece: Don’t let anybody tell you what you can and cannot do.  Find out what you really what to do in life and go for it.

40. And by the way: take time to know a person before making a commitment.

A Parent’s Fear

While I was watching TV the other night, I got a call from Nini telling me about a Gr.4 Atenean, Amiel Alcantara, who died earlier that day in a car accident right inside the campus.  After the call, I felt so affected that even I was surprised by my reaction.  I thought that, as a doctor, I’ve faced death so many times that I am no longer jarred by it.  But this case was different.  I found myself thinking it could have easily been my son in front of that speeding van.  He passes that same road every schoolday.  I could not even begin to imagine the pain and anguish of Amiel’s parents.  Who would have thought that they would never have the chance to see him alive again after they saw him off to school that morning?

Before going to bed, I prayed like I never prayed before.  I called out to the guardian angels of my children, all the angels and saints, to St. Marie Eugenie, to the Blessed Virgin Mary, to please protect them everyday, especially when we are not with them.  As parents, we long to be around to shield our children from pain and suffering.  Unfortunately, we cannot always be there.  So we put our faith in the Lord, to protect them and to keep them, to hold them close and away from danger.