Family, Firewood and OFW’s

It’s been almost a week since my brother left to work as a power technician at Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for a company that specializes in Engineering and IT Solutions.

With his leaving, my immediate family has once again been reduced in number. The entire household is now composed of my mother, my sister and me. On regular work days, my sister and I go our separate ways, leaving mother at home. I used to not think much about this, knowing pretty well that my brother will keep  her company. The farthest he’s gone before was not even outside the Island of Luzon, but now he’s in a far off place. And though my mother would not tell me directly, I know that she misses her son already. Proof of this was a few days ago I heard one of our neighbors telling my mother that she was short on cash, so she was wondering if my mother was interested in buying some firewood from her (at this point, just in case you are wondering, yes we live in a small barrio, and yes although we have LPG gas stoves, we still use wood powered stoves to cook some of our food). I thought to myself, at least the people here are willing to work for the money and not just beg or ask for alms. But what really caught my attention was my mother’s reply: “ala ne pamo ing kayabe ku mamalabang dutung” (he’s not here anymore to help me chop wood) referring to my brother, a sad tone hinted in her voice. She did still buy the wood eventually, probably more because she wanted to help our neighbor more than anything else, as we still had a stack of firewood in storage. I bid her goodbye and went to the clinics to see patients for the day.

I know how you feel ma, and even though I don’t say it out loud, I miss my brother too.

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~ by allen mallari on September 23, 2012.

One Response to “Family, Firewood and OFW’s”

  1. This struck a chord in my heart, Bro/Doc. It really did.

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