Sunday, February 25, 2007

Setting the Lonely in Families

It's 11:30 in the evening and I still can't sleep. I'm staying at a couple's house overnight, after just having come home together from the 70th birthday bash of another friend's dad.

I am still awake, enjoying the images that flit my mind of the big hug I got from my friend's dad, the birthday celebrant, and from my friend's mom, the celebrant's wife, "Anak ko!" (My daughter!) she exclaims before I got enveloped into another tight hug--having decided she would adopt me after spending so many overnights at their daughter's house some years back when their daughter was still single.

And here I am tonight at another friend's home, not just enjoying the fact that I get five-star treatment (ie. free PJ's, toiletries, towel, wireless internet, laptop use, coffee, breakfast, etc.) but most of all, enjoying the hugs and excited kisses from their son and daughter, who I haven't seen in ages.

And oh, I just remembered yesterday's lunch--a precious Chinese soup called "Buddha Jumped Over the Wall" especially cooked by my prayer partner's mother in law. I ate with them and relished the soup, which took almost a day to prepare, while my prayer partner's father in law regaled us with Chinese folklore.

I have been in Manila for the past 7 years and when I first came up, I wondered what I was thinking, leaving behind in Davao the comforts of home, a family and a horde of friends who love me and would welcome me anytime into their homes. What's here for me in Manila??

Seven years later, sitting in the dining room of my friend's house in Sta Cruz, Manila, I look back and realize what God said is true: He sets the lonely in families. (Psalms 68:6)

It's great to realize that wherever my wandering gypsy feet will take me, I will always have families to go home to.

11 comments:

Div√£ de Noiva said...

Hi, passando para conhecer!!!

Gypsy said...

certo, venha por favor outra vez!:)

Bhalla saab said...

hi

thats a touching post!
could we work out a link exchange?
if interested pls add a link to my blog at http://thefunhunt.blogspot.com and let me know through a comment.
I'll immediately put up a link too.
Thanks

Bhalla saab said...

tks for the link :)
i've done my part too...

niceheart said...

Aww! They're such a sweet family. I'm intrigued by the Buddha Jumped Over the Wall soup. What's in it, btw?

Gypsy said...

Yes, ain't my friends sweet! :) The soup is a mix of all the expensive Chinese ingredients around, including shark fin and abalone...they boil it for hours to get the flavor out. It is supposedly so good that when Buddha tasted it, he jumped over the wall in delight. Cute ba? Hehe.

sexy mom said...

oh, what sweet family! what nice experience - authentic chinese soup!

Gypsy said...

Hi Sexy Mom, Oo nga--I am overwhelmingly blessed with families who would offer me (good) food (comfortable) shelter and (sleeping) clothes, and a few extras thrown in! :)

Kerwin Aris said...

you can always be sure that when you come home to davao, you'll have a grand welcome.

Gypsy said...

Thanks! Aris, I know I can always count on THAT. :)

Leah said...

bloghopped from Abaniko's. How nice to have an adopted family. Sure beats all the loneliness with little warm hugs.