A FAMILY PICTURE OF THE SAN FRANCISCO BASED SERENOS

family picture

ang tiyong anas at tiyang ging ko ang nagsimula nitong pamilyang ito. si tiyong anas ang gwaping na bunsong kapatid ng mommy ko. sabi nga ng marami eh kamukha niya si sean connery. siya ang balbas saradong lalaki sa 2nd to the upper right ng litrato. si tiyang ging naman ang nakaupo sa gitna namin ni donna.

narito rin sa litrato ang tatlong pinsang kasabay kong lumaki sa pasay. si sammy (extreme upper right), si simon (lower extreme right) at si jojo (extreme left). anim talaga silang lahat. wala sa picture si junjun, si maricel at si sever. in between sammy and jojo ay mga asawa at mga anak ng mga pinsan ko. naalala ko pa nung araw kung gaano kami kasayang naglalaro sa bahay namin sa pasay. baby pa si jojo noon. di katulad ng maskuladong lalaki sa picture. si sammy ang panganay at ang parating nanloloko sa amin. si simon naman ang ka-edad ko at ang siyang umalalay sa akin ng husto nung nasa US ako kamakailan.

alam mo, masarap talaga itong trip na ito sa akin. matagal kaming di nagkita kita pero in the two days that i was there last week, nag connect kaming lahat immediately. parang tinuloy lang namin yung huling kwentuhan nung huli kaming magkita many many years ago. you know the feeling of being a part of a big family? where everybody welcomes you into their homes and showered with the possessiveness, warmth and love that only a kamag-anak can? that’s what i experienced last weekend.

kahit dalawang araw lang kaming magkakasama, i really felt loved. now, while i am writing this a thousand miles away, i smile as i recollect everything that happened during my short stay with them, while at the same time, i feel the pain of our separation. bittersweet? i guess.

next time we meet, it will definitely be for a much longer time. AND this time, it will be with jet. i can’t wait to introduce them to her. i am almost sure it will be a blast.

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