Yesterday was Father’s Day here in the Philippines. As many of you read this column it is still Father’s Day where you live. I am actually writing this on Father’s Day here in the Philippines, but it won’t be posted on the site until Monday, the day after Father’s Day.
I have been sitting here doing a little work this morning. Yes, yes… I generally work 7 days per week, but generally for only a few hours per day. And, the work that I do is things that I enjoy doing anyway, like writing on my various websites and such. Anyway, as I have been sitting here taking care of various tasks, I have come to feel that I am truly blessed.
The first thing was when Feyma came in and wished me a “Happy Father’s Day” and offered me a special breakfast. She had made some homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast this morning, something along the lines of a Cinnabon, if you’ve ever had one of those. It is a “name brand” cinnamon roll that is sold in Malls all around the USA, maybe worldwide, but I don’t know for sure. So, anyway, it was a delicious breakfast.
The next thing that happened really surprised me. I got a text message from my niece, Gha Gha. Gha Gha is somebody whom we have written about on this site before. We were sending her to college to study nursing, and basically she threw it all out the window and left the house to start her own life. A terrible waste. I rarely hear from her at all, but this morning she texted me and wished me a Happy Father’s Day. I was pretty shocked to hear from her, and I thanked her for her thoughtful message.
About 15 minutes later I got a text message from another niece, Deding. Deding lives with us and has for about 4 or 5 years now. She goes to college right now, and does so on weekends, so she is away at school today. Here is her message:
Hi uncle, happy father’s day.. I love u.
This really made me feel good to get this text. Saying “I love you” here in the Philippines is not all that common in the culture, and it really does mean something to me that Deding would send such a message to me. Deding and I have developed a close relationship over the years, and I do love her like a daughter.
Just a few minutes later, Jean Jean, my adopted daughter came in and gave me a big kiss and hug and wished me a Happy Father’s Day too. Her hug was so tight that I just knew how sincere she was. Jean is 11 years old, nearly 12 now, and is in the 6th grade. Wow… she will be in high school next year.
I also got a “Happy Father’s Day” from Deo, our Nephew/Driver who also lives with us. So far, my other kids and Nieces have not approached me yet, but I am sure they will. It’s still relatively early for a Sunday morning, so many are probably still asleep, I haven’t gone and checked on them yet today.
You know, when your wife or your kids greet you Happy Father’s day, it’s really nice, and it’s special. However, it’s also kind of the “duty” of your kids to say that to their Father. However, when people like your Nieces and Nephews say it, and you can tell that it is very sincere, it makes you really feel special. That’s because they don’t “have” to say it… they say it out of a true sense of love for you, and a desire and happiness to be close to you. That makes me feel good. I feel very lucky to have all of my family.
I really do feel blessed. Literally.
Happy Father’s Day everybody!