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Saturday, October 02, 2010

A life well-lived

A life well-lived
On and off buses you've inspected in Nueva Ecija
In the house we lived in in Pacita
In the apartment in Jordan Ave
To and from C-Town Supermarket near Journal Square
Aboard forklifts
Through harsh New Jersey winters and under the warm South Carolina sun

A life well-lived
Strengthened by a daily routine of Bible-reading and followed by unique exercise regimens
On golf courses and tennis courts, in front of the television
Powered by hearty meals, always with inspiring stories on the side
While grooming our dogs
Despite and/or because of your hearing aid
Dressed impeccably, always dapper, never sloppy

A life well-lived
Forgetting sometimes our names and voices and faces
Forgetting readily the heartaches and pains we have caused him
Forgetting never to ask me when will I get married

A life well-lived
Spent beside Rufina for more than 65 years
Who, with her, is the source of the life of my mom
Not just measured in years, but as the song goes, measured in love

A life well-lived
That is Lolo's
Begins its eternal episode in heaven where we will hopefully meet again when our own hopefully well-lived lives end.

Thank you and good night, Lolo =]

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Blogger INKBLOTS said...

wow! I am touched by your tribute to your lolo. I just wish I were already grown up when my grandfathers were still alive...

indeed a life well lived.

I join you in celebrating life here and beyond.

Saturday, October 02, 2010 12:29:00 PM  
Blogger chubskulit said...

Love your poem! Very meaningful.

Sunday, October 03, 2010 10:41:00 PM  
Blogger verabear said...

What a good way to send him off.. hugs, and happy trip to Lolo!

Friday, October 08, 2010 10:29:00 PM  
Blogger spinninglovelydays said...

What a touching tribute to your grandfather...

Spinning Lovely Days

Saturday, October 09, 2010 7:28:00 AM  
Blogger EihdraG said...

You made me think of my Lolo and that made me cry.. I was a favorite and I returned the favor by taking care of him until his last breath..
We will be with them soon..and I know that we will all be happy in the arms of the Lord :)

Saturday, October 09, 2010 12:48:00 PM  

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