The Precious in Me
There’s a Mexican proverb that says, “Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are”. A saying that is quite true but I think is easily misunderstood. Jesus explained it very well through example by hanging out with people regarded as bad ones not for the reason of changing them but because of love. After having thought about it, I’ve recollected that there’s no better way to tell you about myself than to share with you, not about my friends, but about my family.
As you get to know my precious loved ones, you’ll also get to know more about me. In other words, you will know what I am and what I am not.
Let me start with the youngest person, my daughter. Her name is Joannie Melle. She is two years old. She is the sweetest person that I know right now (*ehem* like her father). She hugs, kisses and smiles a lot. She loves to sing and dance. I would carry her in my arms, hold her right hand with my left hand and dance her waltz. She loves it. Whenever I stop, she’d blurt out, “Daddy dancing!” I need to stop because her weight makes it unbearable to make it through one whole song. Apparently, she eats a lot. She’d eat anything even when she just finished a meal. She loves to mess around with her brother’s toys. While her brother is playing, she’d get one toy from him and laughingly run away like a thief. As sweet as she is, she’s very shy to other people, unlike her father if you may say. She’d cry when other people take notice of her. The most prominent thing about her is that she got the looks from her father: the smile, the eyes, the serious or neutral look and just almost everything.
Now to my next precious loved one, my son. His name is Jamiel Myles. He’s 4 years of age. There’s no denying that he got the looks and skin color from his mother, but it all ends there. He has the naughtiness, the playful antics, an unstoppable mouth and love for dancing as well. It doesn’t take a genius to know where those came from. But beyond those traits that can drive any mother crazy is a kind and giving heart, which is still under development. He knows how to give way for his younger sister especially when I give him “the look.” Kidding aside he’s really kind and you can even ask him to get things for you around the house. He’s very clever, observant and loves to ask questions. One time in Jollibee, we saw the Jollibee mascot entered a room. He asked what Jollibee is doing there. I said he’s going to eat, he then replied but Jollibee can’t open his mouth, he just smiles. Like Jollibee, I just smiled back.
Last and definitely not the least is my dearest wife. Her name is Melanie. We have so many things in common like dancing, love for anime shows and songs and watching movies, but we have more differences than similarities. She likes to sleep often, I prefer being awake even when I’m sleepy. She easily gets mad at me and it takes a while before she talks to me again, while there are only very few instances where my anger lasted for hours. She’s skillful at handicrafts, while I can’t even do basic sewing well. We both love math but she’s the only one who received the love back. We’re like the earth’s magnetic poles, but it’s because of these differences that we complement each other. She completes me and I complete her.
Well, those are my precious loved ones. I hope you have enjoyed listening and as you get to know me more, you can look back at this speech and compare other things that I share in common with my family. I have this belief that we don’t live to search for life’s meaning; we live because it’s the meaning of life. And the dearest and deepest parts of my life are these people that I have shared with you today. Thank you and have a pleasant day.