May criteria ang lola ko noon sa mga babaeng mapapangasawa ng kanyang mga anak na lalaki (kasama na dito ang tatay ko). Di ko na maalala yung iba, pero heto, ibabahagi ko ang mga naaalala ko na sinabi niya. Sayang nga lang at tatlo lang ang naaalala ko:
Yesterday I was half-hoping that I’d see you when I get home, all too ready to take me out to dinner even when I told you that I am too tired. Or, I was hoping you’ll welcome me home with a hug, then you’d tell me that you brought takeout food for the two of us. But then that was too much wishful thinking. When I arrived home, the only one happy to see me was my dog. No you. Just empty rooms and a too-cold dinner prepared by the househelp.
I immediately charged my dead phone. Your message arrived. It was too offending for my liking. I stifled a cry while eating cold dinner. I managed to eat only a little even though I haven’t eaten for at least 8 hours—who would have an appetite after reading that text message?
The day has been very tiring. I’ve collected a lot of heartaches and disappointments to last me the whole week.