***So this is the flip part of what I published earlier.***
If this was just like the letters I wrote to you as a kid, I would have wished you a “happy new year” in bold letters before saying anything else. But with everything you’ve done and not done, it kinda changes things.
On any regular day, I don’t think about you. I don’t think about you because I don’t remember you. Not because I don’t want to, but because there’s no reason to.
But today, I had to. Truly, technology has a way of bridging people—even those who don’t want to be bridged. At one point, Facebook recommended you as a ‘friend’ because you might be someone I know. I had a good laugh at it. It recommended you because we had mutual friends. Why wouldn’t we have mutual friends? I mean, your relatives happen to be my relatives too.
I wish my relationship with you is as simple as Facebook. But it’s not. It hasn’t been simple for more than 12 years. June 1999. That was the last time I saw you. That’s something I would never forget. I guess for me, you stopped being my father then.
A lot of things unraveled on their own. I realized that there were a lot of things that I didn’t know about you at all. Mom was pretty good at keeping things from me. But at one point, she realized that I was no longer a kid and I should stop being a daddy’s little girl.
Mom… How she loved you. Not loved. How she loves you. Until now. I would want to tell her that you don’t deserve her love at all. Someone as selfish as you. You don’t deserve her unconditional love. Unconditional. Do you know what that means? It means that despite everything that you’ve done to her, she loves you still. EVERYTHING.
Mom… Do you still remember her? You married her nearly 50 years ago. And you left her for dead when you magically secured a death certificate so you could marry your woman. Amazing, right?
I would like to think that I don’t hate you. I would want to say that I am unaffected. But those would be untrue. Though I rarely think about you, it makes my chest hurt everytime I do. But it hurts the most when I think about mom. Like right now. It feels like the entire world is sitting on my chest that I can barely breathe.
I guess that’s what you are to me—a burden that I have to carry. When would I be free of you? When you’re dead? No. When mom is finally happy then maybe, just maybe, I will also be free of you.
Don’t worry. I have no plans of telling everyone what kind of person you really are. Come to think about it, you fooled even your relatives. You even fooled me when I was a kid. Pun intended.
In case you were wondering how your grandchildren are (I seriously doubt that you care though); here’s a summary. Karlou is now a college freshman taking Political Science. He wants to be a lawyer. Jessa is also a college freshman and will be moving in with me next school year. She wants to study in Silliman University. Mikhail is an accountancy student in UP Iloilo. Come June 2011, he will be on his 4thyear. He plans to study law right after. Nikki is already in highschool. She doesn’t know what she wants to do yet. TJ is going to be a college freshman this coming school year. As for my Bela, you never really met her. So I don’t think she counts as your granddaughter.
Well, that’s about it. We are happy without you. As long as we don’t think about the hurt that you’ve caused, we’re pretty much okay without you. Things happen for a reason. That’s what they always say. One of these days, I’ll find out what the reason is (or are). But until that time, I’ll keep on searching.
I don’t remember when I last wrote to you. Maybe I was in highschool (still using the yellow pad paper)… Or college. Anyway, this is probably the last. Allow me to thank you for being a father to me. Even for such a short time. Thank you for financing (a part of) my studies and etc.
P.S.Two of your grandchildren will become future lawyers. Now you already have an idea who’s going to represent mom in the courtroom. Good luck. You need it.
And to all you reading, do not react ever so violently. If you don’t know the entire story, then better just shut it. If you have a complete family and you don’t have a clue what it feels to be in one, then just shut it. It’s easy to say ‘don’t hate’, ‘forgive’, etc… But it’s harder than it sounds. Unless you actually know how I feel, how my mom feels, how my siblings feel—better just shut it. And I don’t care if you’re his relative coz if you are, then you’re least affected coz we all know that he takes care of his relatives.We all experience pain. We all get hurt. The levels are not the same. I can’t imagine your pain or the level of pain coz we experience it differently. So don’t try to imagine mine.
***When I was in college (2000), my dad’s sister and I would email each other. I confided in her (via email) how I felt. But it was her husband who replied. He told me that I was TOO childish that I should just ‘get over it’. “It” meaning my dad leaving. I stopped writing her (them–whatever) after that. He was mean. Well, how could he know, right? Whenever he came over to the Philippines, I would always be several islands away.***
This is us… Sans the father. 🙂