Yesterday, Mom and I went to Nueva Ecija to visit my Lolo who was on his hospital bed. His thigh was broken due to a motorcycle accident he encountered last Friday. We took over at him during the day. It was not an easy task for us, he has a memory lapse due to aging and maybe because of those medicines that was administered on him. He is going back to his years wherein he serves subpoenas, mom and tita were exchanging reasons just for him to calm down. He even wants to go out of the hospital to serve the subpoena. As they continuously talk to Tatay, their conversations shifted to Son/Daughter. They’re trying to let Tatay remember who was his son/daughter accordingly he almost failed. There is one thing that I loved the most and that is to remember this girl he truly loves. Mom came out with an idea of sharing to Tatay their wedding photo. I even cried (which is unusual) as he said: Tatay: Oh! bakit ka meron nito?
Mom: Eh, anak ako niyan eh!
Tatay: Ito yung asawa ko.
Me: Ano po bang pangalan niya?
Tatay: Si Isabel. (as he sung Pilita Corrales’ song Gaano Kita Kamahal)
“Ikaw lamang ang aking iibigin magpakailanman”
His action let my inner self explode. As I said, I cried, that once there was a man who have cheated his wife once, twice, thrice and can manage to be faithful to his one true love and that is our Lola, Isabel Daysa Mateo. Despite of his being playboy, he can manage to love one girl. If I had a chance to video it I would. I am praying that Kuya will give Tatay more time here on earth.
There were few memories of him ran off my mind, even few ideas if you would mind. I even think of me being old and how will I deal with life after death. I don’t know if could stay with life as my Lolo have had and still have. I am so proud of my Lolo, he served the Philippine government with pride and honor without a blemish on our name, Mateo. Everyday he rides his motorcycle roaming around the town ofGapan, Penaranda and every time he sees children on the street he would stop and gave them what he has (bread, paper, etc). I love Tatay. This is blog post isn’t enough to describe my Lolo Benedicto P. Mateo.
May I ask for your prayers, that he may be blessed with more life and for his speed recovery. Thank you!