Monday, July 24, 2006

The Art of Letting Go II

One of the hardest part of any good relationship is having to say goodbye. May it be a temporary separation or a long term one, biding a farewell always leave a deep shove of longing.

I accompanied my sister at the airport yesterday and as of this writing she is now in Dubai to join my two elder brothers who worked there.

Kirrs, as I fondly call her is the only girl in the brood of five. She is our middle child, my big sister and my closest friend. I am four years behind her but that doesn’t hinder our good relationship as buddies.

Of course, growing up with her was a calamity. We always fight when we’re still young and had declared a weekly world war that made our mom scream with contempt.

But as we have entered maturity, we both realized our fondness for each other—that no matter what happened, family will always be there.

She took me under her wings and she became and still is the best mentor I had. It’s only now that I surmised that my attitude toward life in general was fashioned from her. She validates my thinking and pushed me to be the best person I can be. She is my source of quality advice and my threshold of reality. Truth is, she doesn’t sugar coat in letting me know that sometimes I can be a prick.

11 years ago, a tragedy happened to my family as the three of my siblings faced a motorcycle accident.

It was her who was badly injured and up to this day, she carried the scar of that formidable past. Her left leg is the testament that life can, at times, be unfair.

Yet, what astounds me most was her persistence that life must go on. She kept her faith in the Almighty and vowed that this is just but a challenge worthy of her time. She finished her bachelor’s degree with flying colors and passed the CPA Licensure Examination thereafter. She then found a lucrative post in one of the government agencies and made a name for herself. Her disability did not push her to give up; it made her stronger.

She is the embodiment of a person who had gone through deep waters and darkest nights and despite of it all—her spirit still persists. She had found the unwavering light that is in her and kept it aflame. How true, triumph ensue to those who persevere.

To you Kirrs! Saying Thank You cannot suffice the treasured moments we have shared.

Saying I Love You is not sufficient to describe my heartfelt joy in knowing that you are my sister and my friend. Words escaped me this time.

…but still, you know that this comes from the deepest part of me.

Make it good and weave your dreams into reality.

Hope to join you and Kuya soon!


Blogger Jinjiruks said...

bakit hindi ka pa sumabay jeff? ikaw na lang ba naiwan sa Pinas?

2:51 AM  
Blogger vic said...

Well said jef..I, on the other hand is sorrounded by three here in Toronto, and two in the US. I am the only "boy" here and two (the other passed away recntly)) in the Philippines. As I always said "the more the merrier". But boy, got to do the heavy work and a lot of driving, (not that I don't trust them, two can't even drive). Wish my fellow CPA the best of Luck. (never work as CPA though, but passed the exams, just to make the old man very happy).

3:03 AM  
Blogger jef said...

Jin: God permits, probably next year. I still have a college bro in the country taking up nursing. Marami pa akong dapat gawin dito and quite honestly, I am not yet ready to leave our BEAUTIFUL country--The Philippines hehe!

Sir Vic: I am an accounting grad as well--did not pass the board but have plans to take it again soon. Correct me if I am wrong, did you mean to say, you only took up accounting just to please Dad eh ?

3:12 AM  
Anonymous Hanni said...

wow Jef, i would love to know your sis, she sounds very special.

You are blessed guy!

3:20 AM  
Blogger His suzy said...

You're blessed to have such a wonderful relationship with your sister. :)

6:37 AM  
Blogger tin-tin said...

that's so sweet :)

7:08 AM  
Anonymous zingtrial said...

Hi!Yes you are lucky guy, :).Wish you all the best

7:59 AM  
Blogger vic said...

Partly, jef.. the old man retired early and gave me his job (per collective agreement) thinking that I'll amount to nothing, but little by little, was able to graduate and bingo before I knew it there was really something usefull between my two ears, like all my siblings. But Tatay was always right, still amount to nuff.. hehehe..

9:22 AM  
Blogger dawnie said...

wow! i really love that you love your sis so much!! nakakaTouch naman! :'(

9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

when i saw the picture i thought you will be talking here about your love life. hehe.

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2:23 PM  
Blogger jef said...

Hanni: Thanks...I do consider myself as blessed. I am not a rich man but I know how it feels like to be loved.

Suzy: Having a good relationship with your sibling means more than a million bucks.

Tin-tin: Thanks for droppin by!

Zingtrial: I moseyed around your site and you do have great thoughts. Be back there soon!

Dawn: Thanks gurl! I have read your current blog. Just keep up the faith ha...kaya mo yan.

Ymir: Op Cors my prend! Blogging now is one of my favorite past time and will continue to do so...

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Blogger j said...

your sister is lucky to have you as her bro, naks naman! good luck kay Sis :)
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Blogger D.T. said...

Awww...that was really sweet. No, really, it was. I mean, if I was writing this story, I can guarantee that I wouldnt be wishing my brother good luck as left, so much as I would be the one packing him into a crate marked "URAGUAY". LOL...yeah, I'm still kinda in the stage of declaring weekly world wars. But I hope once I grow out of it, I'll be able to write a post like you.

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