It’s been quiet a long time since the day you flew abroad to give us a better life. Sad as it may but your children are patiently waiting for your arrival soon. If only we had a lot of money then we would never let you work there.
How are you dad? How’s your work? Are you having good time there? I’m hoping that you always take your medicine. Your loved ones are always worrying about your health condition. We’re praying that He’s always guiding you in your journey there.
Dad, we really miss you. We miss the days when we went to church together every Sunday, having chocolate drinks and your favorite putu maya ( cooked sticky rice) after hearing the mass. Mum couldn’t be happier recalling those memorable days. I know time will come, we will do it again. I’m starting saving some pennies now Dad, so that you’ll no longer work abroad and support us. I’m no longer the boy you used to carry on your back. I’m now a fully grown man. I am now and you’ll be amazed!
Dad, it’s already Christmas and I can feel the cold breeze kissing my face. I can feel you Dad. I can feel your love and how much you miss us. I can feel your sadness and solitary this Christmas because you’re far away from us. But don’t worry dad, we are here for you. We love you very much and no words can express how excited we are for your plans of coming back. We may not see you physically but we feel you emotionally. Don’t be sad Dad. Please, flash a big smile for us.
Your youngest son and I have already made a beautiful Christmas tree decorated with toys and little gifts. Your eldest has also ornamented it with twinkling colorful series lights twirled around the Christmas tree. Even if you’re not around, we’ll never celebrate “Blue Christmas.” You told us before that Christmas was about happiness and joy, remember? I put my gift for you under the Christmas tree and I’m hoping that you’ll like it. Dad, I’m praying that you’ll be happy in your Christmas there. Smile and be thankful for the blessings that showered our family this year.
Mum and sister are at the kitchen at this moment cooking your favorite Filipino-style spaghetti, pancit ( noodles mixed with spices topped with meat, vegetables and sea foods)and our favorite stuffed milkfish for Noche Buena. How about you there dad? What have you prepared for Noche Buena? Have you cooked your favorite spaghetti too? I also helped them preparing Fruit Salad dad and mom recalled his sweet memories with you when you were still younger. She told me that she fell in love because you’re good at making fruit salad. Is it true? Maybe, I’ll do the same for the one I want to love too.
How happy we would be if you were with us now. How happy we would be if we’re the ones who roasted the pig and there’s little brother wiping oil from time to time watching it for a reddish crispy skin. I long for those days dad. I miss the days when you taught me how to slice and mince spices to be put inside the slaughtered pig body. Now, it’s only uncle and his friend who will prepare for it.
In a little while, I will prepare the quezo de bola ( cheeze ball) and the various round fruits mother freshly bought in the market just this morning. I can still remember what you said that it brought good luck in business and good fortune in life. I’m praying it’s true so that if we’d win the lottery, mother and you could go to Boracay to relax. You dreamt of it dad, right?
Loving as you are, grandmother said that she’d be spending Noche Buena with us tonight. And you know what she got dad? She brought us her specialty, her sumptuous puto bumbong ( (steamed glutinous rice cooked in bamboo shoots, flavored with brown sugar and grated coconut). Don’t you miss her? She’s been missing you and she’d including you in her prayers every day and every night.
Dad, it’ll be 12:00 A.M later and every family is going celebrate their Noche Buenas in their respective houses. And I can see my friends playing, smiling and laughing with their mother and father. I would be jealous seeing their family complete but I know it’s not worth it. I never lose you right? I know we’ll make best memories when you get back. Will we? How excited I am for that moment to happen soon. I’ll look for my younger siblings when they light up the fireworks we bought for them just like the way you taught me when I was a little child. You would scare me of “Watusi” and “piccolo” before dad but I’m no longer now. I’m strong now Dad. I am now.
God knows how much I love you Dad and I know you love us too. I’m hoping that by next Christmas you’ll be right our sides. I believe it’s never too late dad. I know our family will be complete when we celebrate Noche Buena soon. You may not be around but in my heart you are. May you celebrate the best Christmas abroad and I’m wishing you the best of love and happiness. I’m praying that we may emulate the simplicity of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in our hearts and continue to abide faith in God’s goodness and compassion.
Below is my simple Christmas art that represents you, me and our family. I hope you will like it dad. It may not be that good but I did that from the bottom of my heart. I love you so much Dad. I love you my Hero! A very merry Christmas to you.