To Honor a Friend: Hilaria Catayas – Aldema

Farewell mamoLar
[Laria Catayas-Aldema]


Right now I can imagine your hug
I grieve of your passing ateLaria
Yet I feel you console me instead
Those hands so firm yet gentle
On warm and assuring massage

Oh you’re supposed to be fifty-three
In two days, on November three
So you’ll celebrate your birthday
Up there where there’s no pain
Up where there’s eternal rest

For most of your living years
In a big family of nine as eldest
No memo for such familial role
Yet acted as breadwinner for all
Sent younger siblings to school

Oh how simple our life was in IH
No internet yet to eat our time away
So we had more time for camaraderie
Cooking our all-time favorite paksiw
Watching TV with just one channel

You’re in my memorable life events
On my wedding as candle sponsor
Even Kim’s monthly photography
Sponsored cake for Johm’s birthday
A mamo to Sam as our shared baby

So it was such an honor for us
When you chose us as your witness
In a civil rite before church ceremony
There we went on our humble jeepey
And celebrate over a meal in the city

Thank you ate Laria for all those
Encouraging eldest experiences
For if you bore it with eight sibs
There’s no reason I can’t with five
Thank you for all those joyous days

Farewell and have your eternal rest

*picture above from Kim’s First Year photo album



Posted on November 3, 2017, in in Memoriam, Milestones and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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