Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Remembering Papa


My father showed me the meaning of selflessness.
To my mom, he was absolutely human and less than perfect, but he made her feel that he loved her unconditionally, and left her a reason not to forget.

To his kids, he was unbearably overprotective, though we now comprehend why he chose to be intermittently hated rather than letting us be. He never relieved himself of the burdens and paternal duties in situations that called for him to be weak.

To his friends, he was the best intuitive ally. He often saved them without asking for anything in return.

To the rest of the world, he's simply somebody who passed away. Others will go on without giving a damn. But I tell you this...

There once lived a man who was zealously eager to give up his own happiness, if that meant seeing his wife and children smile.


Ma and the greatest papa ever in happier days


We miss you, papa. It's been four years today and we've never felt more emotionally famished every time you cross our minds.


23 comments:

Pia said...

that was a beautiful tribute to your dad. blessings to you and your family.

Sarah said...

hey ate kate! the picture of your dad shows exactly how i remembered him.

great man indeed. :)

Kate said...

Thanks, Pia. God bless you, too :-)

I know, Sarah. It really won't be the same without him. Thanks for dropping by.

Aynako said...

Oh this is really touching, Kate. I had one written for my father too on my blog. But yours is a real short and sweet. Enough said.

To all the loving fathers in the world and to all the kids who loved them back, cheers!

Kate said...

Right on, Ayn!

Nurse Jen Doll said...

I made a video that could probably relate to you regarding this post. I'll try to see if I can post it on my site this week =) I just have to learn how to convert it or something so it plays online.. I'm bad at these things.

-Nurse Jen Doll
www.nursejendoll.com
Your Daily Reality Nursing

Kate said...

Thanks, Jen. I look forward to it.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

I share with your loneliness and longings but your father is with the Lord. Someday, you will all be reunited with him in heaven. In the meantime, fill each precious moment with deeds that will glorify the Lord and will make your father become prouder of you. Thanks for the poignant post. God bless you always.

Kate said...

Thank you for those wonderful words, Mel. I appreciate it.

Hammed said...

That's so sweet Kay. Lucky you that you had him... I never had one. :D

Kate said...

That's okay, Ham. We all have a father in the Lord :-)

Umma said...

Your PAPA must be very lucky to have you as a daughter, though he may not see you anymore but the footprints he left to your family will be remembered forever.

Kate said...

Thanks for visiting, Umma. It's awfully hard to let go of someone as good as him.

sterndal said...

hello!

my dad passed away 6 years ago and reading this beautifully written post makes me wanna go back to my childhood when dad was still alive...

thanks and cheers!

bingkee said...

I can feel all those words you've written since I also lost my Papa 18 years ago.
Thanks for sharing. God bless u sweetie!

Kate said...

Thanks for sharing my emotions, Bingkee and Evelyn.

Scribbling Angel said...

Great post, Katie

Kate said...

Thanks, Isa. I wasn't supposed to write anything about this since remembering only makes things more painful.

Ria said...

I got all choked up. What a lovely tribute and Im sure your Pa would be so proud of you. Have a great weekend Kate :)

Kate said...

Thanks for taking time to read this post, Ria. I appreciate it.

Ria said...

Hi Kate,
I know how it feels to remember someone you love so deeply - a father. I lost my dad 2 years ago and I guess I never really moved on.
I am sure your dad is happy to know the kind of person you have become - a loving daugther every father 9and mother) will be proud of =)

Cheers!
Ria C
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www.inmyhome.getpaidfrom.us

Kate said...

Thanks, Ria C.

chubskulit said...

your post reminds me of my father who passed away five years ago. I still wish that he's still alive, i miss him terribly too. Hirap noh?