20 something years ago, when I was just about 7, I regarded you as the antagonist in my own story:
- A woman who woke me up early everyday
- A woman who nagged at me when I went home late from school
- A woman who required me to pay respect to ALL people even when I didn’t feel like doing it ; even if they were mean
- A woman who would scold me when I got home with bruises and cuts from my irresponsible- childish games ( duh! Mom, I was the one who got hurt!)
- A woman who violated the anti- child labor law by forcing me to make my bed; to clean the room; to wash dishes and worst of all, by forcing me to learn how to do the laundry.
- A woman who forced me to stay at home when I felt sick.
- A woman who turned off the TV during exam days even if our favorite show was airing.
- A woman who made me wear clothes I didn’t like wearing at all, I mean AT ALL!
- A woman who made an inventory of how I spent my allowance for the day by making me recite everything that I bought.
My list was never- ending. I could go on and on pointing out all that I hated in you when I was growing up.
But you know what? I miss all of those things now.
Now that I have grown into a fine woman, living my own life, all I can say is, thank you to the WOMAN who made me into who I am today.
Thank you for teaching me to develop a pattern of waking up on time every day, it taught me how to value not just my own time but of others too.
Thank You for training me how to make the bed and for forcing me into doing the laundry. I am now living on my own and surviving because I can do all these chores.
I am on my way to reaching my dreams because you didn’t give up on me and my siblings. We are living life to the fullest now because you raised us well.
Just when I thought you were just simply being difficult to us when we were growing up, you were patiently giving us your tough love all along. You only wanted the best for us. And I have long realized that.
Thank You for playing a very important role in my life, Nanay.
You are the best woman in the whole –wide –world. And I’m taking my word back 20 years ago.
I meant to say, you were, you are and will always be a Superstar in my life story!
With so much respect and love,
– Your Daughter