May 27, 2011

A Visit Like No Other

We treated her to dinner for her birthday last December. And because she is not well enough to venture outside the confines of her bedroom, we marked this special day in May by a visit to her place. It's been a long time, it seems, since I saw her last.

Mommy sat quietly as Jerry and our sons told her stories about work, school, our recent vacation in Manila with my side of the family, and other family updates. We showed her pictures as well. Despite the limiting effects of her illness, she would laugh at the stories, occasionally ask questions or contribute to the conversation. I just sat by the edge of her bed and took the whole scene in and savored the moment... It's really been a long time since my last visit to her house. We stayed here during the first seven years of our marriage. This is where 2 of our 3 sons spent their toddler years. And for that, we will forever be indebted to her.

When it was time for us to leave, we greeted her again a happy mothers' day. Jerry and the kids went ahead of me. I bent to hug her and then kissed her cheek. This lady, I do love and respect. The very same who molded Jerry to the person that he is today. She has no mean bone and I have very high regard for her. And before I could turn to leave, she held me lightly and whispered in my ear: "Thank you so much for coming".

After visiting my MIL, we had dinner at Red Kimono to mark the occasion.

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