1. Discriminating Tastes: The Way to a Man's Heart is Through His Stomach, But...
I am a man who has discriminating tastes. I don’t usually eat foods that are offered to me unless they are familiar to me. I am not an adventurous eater. I don’t care to eat what others are eating, even if it looks tasty. When I attend parties, I eat little – just enough to fill my tummy.
What my late mother always prepared for us, we never rejected it. We ate to our heart’s desire. In short, my mother was a good cook in her simple and humble way. Since I was the youngest of her six children, I always longed to go home early when I was away. I wanted to eat what she had prepared or cooked for the day. My mother was a vegan. Every week, she cooked us veggies with the best ingredients she had.
2. Surviving the Greatest Ordeal in Life
This is the greatest ordeal in my life that I am able to survive with a simple help from a friend.
My wife and I were high school sweethearts. She came from a private high school. She was a junior high school like me. We first met at the open study hall after our music class. She drifted to the said place, taking shelter for the downpour that came in the afternoon.
What had stricken in my heart I couldn’t explain. Her beautiful long hair made me feel awesome. I had no other choice but to admire it. I wanted to touch it to meet my curiosity. I didn’t explain to myself if this is love for I have never been in love before. I had experienced the so-called infatuation or instant feeling of longing. Anyway, I dismissed it.
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3. Under The Mabolo Tree
Forty-six years ago, located along the highway in front of the city college, was a Mabolo tree. The students who studied at the college made this tree the meeting place for their spare periods. A single concrete bench served as a seat for them. The high school students spent their free time there too.
Under this tree, I found the way to a circuitous, challenging life. It was the first step in a relationship that would become central in my life. That Mabolo tree helped pave the way to eternity.
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