I take pride for being my father’s daughter.
He’s a genius! He graduated top of their college class and he was the only cum laude in their batch. He finished his Masters and Ph.D. from University of the Philippines, Los Banos and he is currently the college dean in a state university. These things will make any daughter proud to have such a brilliant father! But there are greater reasons why I am proud of my father.
I am proud of Papa because of the little things he does for me and our family. Little things that spell LOVE. Little things that spell integrity.
I remember when I was still in high school. I was rushing a school paper in our study area and I was so pressured. It was past 11pm and I was not even half way with the paper. Another petty thing that concerned me was this — I didn’t want to be the only person wide awake late at night!
Without me having to say a word, my Papa stayed in the sala and turned on the TV. He waited for me to finish what I was doing before going to bed. This is one of Papa’s habits. He won’t go to bed unless everyone in the family is already home and everyone is already in bed.
At past 12 midnight, our family computer crashed! I wanted to cry. I tried to retrieve my file but I couldn’t find it. At this time I was already very tired and sleepy and helpless. My father took a closer look at the computer and said, “It’s okay Sha. Go to bed. Everything will be fine.” The next morning, my father happily announced that he was able to recover the file.
This was just one of the many instances when Papa saved me and loved me.
Papa is a servant. Whenever I would go home to the province for a short vacation, my Papa would drive for me wherever I go –be it to my dentist some 30 kilometers away from our house or to my friend’s house just a few minutes away. I can also request for my favorite meals and he would personally cook them for me.
Papa is honest, a trait he took after my grandfather. When I was still studying, my father would always remind us not to cheat in any exam because he believes that if someone can cheat in small things, that person can also cheat in bigger things. And so I blindly obeyed him, out of respect and trust.
Papa loved my Mama. I witnessed how Papa drove for Mama to and from school when Mama was taking her Masters and Ph.D. It was a joy to see Papa making Mama’s visual aids in Manila Paper. (di pa uso powerpoint nun). Papa was faithful to Mama and the only thing that separated them was Mama’s flight to heaven.
I’m blessed to have such a wonderful father.
And the list of Papa’s good traits goes on.
Of course my Papa is not perfect. For one, my Papa’s attention span is short. I love telling stories in great detail but my Papa only wants to listen to the quick summary.
My conversation with my Mama would go like this: “Ma, you know what? We had an exam awhile ago. I was nervous at first because I was not ready. I found question #2 difficult. I thought I couldn’t answer it. And then I remembered that I read that particular topic in page 25 and the answer was at the bottom part of the page… And so on…
It would take me about 30 minutes to narrate the story to Mama who would eagerly and enthusiastically listen to me as if she’s talking to a very important person who had a very important story to share.
With Papa, I could narrate the same story in less than a minute. And it would go like this, “Pa, we had an exam awhile ago and I got 95.” Period.
Papa loves to tease my singing voice. When we’re inside the car and I would start singing, he would turn on the car radio and look at me. And he would volume up the radio so that the sound coming from the radio would drown my voice.
When I sing, my father would say, “Sha, don’t modify the tune.” That’s his way of telling me that I’m singing off key. 😀
I thank God for giving me a great father, the best father I could ever have.
Today, I just want to honor my father. He’s not techie but he goes online from time to time to read my blogs and google my name. Hehe!
Pa, thank you very much! You are God’s wonderful blessing to me and to the whole family. Happy Father’s Day! I love you! 🙂
To all the Fathers, Happy Father’s Day! 🙂
Happy Father’s Day to our God the Father! 🙂