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Saturday, November 08, 2008

Good-Byes Suck

These are the times I hate the most. My parents left for Manila last Thursday, while the twins left last night. Atsi and Mark have gone home to Redlands while Jules is settling in his new place in Woodland Hills. A few days ago our house was bustling with activity. Today, it is so quiet with just Jojo and me living in it. Everything seems so still and the rooms so empty. I keep finding stuff everyone has left behind - my dad's bathrobe, my mom's slippers, a couple of stray clothes that have been left in the dryer. Jim's flaming hot Cheetos, Atsi's handbags, and Joy's scarves in the drawer. I am both happy to see these and sad to find them too.

I always have such a tough time adjusting to having my family leave. I know everyone is sad when their family leaves but in my case, this is compounded by the fact that we have such an awesome time together. It makes good-byes just an extra bit harder. I wish things could be so much simpler where all of us could be living under the same roof - or at the very least in the same city! I know it's wishful thinking and a conscious choice we all made. But it sure is tough getting used to it and being away for almost 8 years has not made it any easier.

Yet, despite my feeling of sadness, there are so many things I am thankful for. Of course at the top of my list every time is being blessed with a wonderful family. Yes, we do have our differences and our occassional moments of discord. But in truth, we are all so lucky to have each other. And so while I am a bit sad today, I am cheered up by the happy memories and the thought that I can look forward to the many other family get-togethers we will soon share.

Thanks Dad, Mom, Atsi, Jim, Joy, Jules, Mark, Jojo and our honorary member - Marc, for making the last few days so much fun. Looking forward to our next family reunion =)

6 comments:

jol said...

Allow me to express our thanks and sincere appreciation for your hosting of this great and grand reunion. It is as though we never left our homes and enjoyed your hospitality immensely. We are grateful for all that you have done to make this a truly meaningful reunion. And Jojo was a perfect host too!

Joanne said...

We are so glad to get to do it for you =) And honestly, it really was no trouble at all - infact, we had a great time as well. Jojo and I are looking forward to going home soon.

leslie Ty said...

don't worry Jo...before you know it...you're back in manila already =)

i'm already counting the days...we can't wait to see you and jojo!!!

jeff said...

jo, mag-ingat ka dyan kay les. if if i were u, iwas ka muna sa kanya. masyadong maraming hirit...;-)

seriously, we all look forward to seeing you here. hope we can spend time together when we're all back in manila (sans les!).

Joanne said...

Jeff, Les, I'm seriously looking forward to catching up with you both too. And no worries, sanay na ako sa mga hirit ni Les =)

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