Sunday, September 8, 2013

Becoming an ancestor, finally

My title "Becoming an Ancestor" was cribbed from an essay of another grandma, the wise crone Mariel Francisco.
 
If what I read yesterday is true, today is Grandparent's Day. What would I be without a Lola Purang like mine who taught thrift in the basic necessities and generosity of spirit at the same time? Or my children and their cousins without a Lola Mommy whose culinary expertise has made her morcon and kare-kare legendary among clan members? Or Kai, formerly Butones, without grandparents like her Tats and Booboo whose partnership endures against the odds and whose love for books and shelves of these she will certainly inherit? 

So to all the old and foolish beings who become young in the company of their grandchildren, cheers and more years of joy to all of us!

My ancestors, starting with Lola Purang (seated far right) with Auntie Pacing, Cousins Rose, Sonny (on Lolo Laki's lap) and Toots Romero. Standing are: Ramon Romero, Dad (Enrique Lolarga Jr.), Auntie Fe, Uncle Esting and Uncle Celso.
Carlo Trinidad protectively holds Kimi Fernandez's hand as their Lola Mommy waves at her unheeding grandkids. Taken in Baguio at Lola Purang's retirement home in the 1980s
Kimi, Kai and the Boo
Grumpa Tats, who just turned 63, shares his birthday cake with Kai doing her trademark duck face.
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