Labor of Love

Cheesy means lame but for us Filipinos, we use the word cheesy to describe someone overtaken by lovely emotions like the overly sweet couples, overly sweet actions, overly sweet moments, etc.

For the girls talk, we have to share the cheesiest thing we have done for love. So what is the overly sweet thing I have done for hubby? When we were still officemates, I used to give Rhonnel cards that I made. Most of you know I love arts and crafts. I am quite good in sketching and I love making cards. Maybe some will raise their eyebrows and will say “What?! Cards? What is so cheesy about that?” It may sound corny to you but for me it is the cheesiest. Usually I was on graveyard shift and making cards after my duty was not easy. When you are sleepy, tired and all your energies are gone, all you want to do is hit the hay and sleep soundly. But because I want to surprise Rhonnel who was in a morning shift, 6am-2pm, and I want to give him something before he gets home and I take my shift which was 3pm-11pm, I took some of my sleeping time to make cards for him.

These are some of the cards I made. We have them kept on a box together with our love notes.

Now, I do not have time anymore to make cards like these. There are times that I feel guilty and want to grab a pen to write even a note but I just can’t. Too may things are occupying my mind and my time…Facebook, PMB and blogging. Maybe one of these days I should surprise him again with my card…my labor of love.

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His First “I Love You”

When was the first time he said “I love you”? Hmmm…let me think. Oh my! I think I missed this time. I can’t remember at all. All I remember is a common friend told me that he likes me. That was the reason why he’s walking with us everyday from Strata 2000 in Ortigas to Megamall while he can ride a bus in Robinson’s Galleria going home to Cubao. He was not telling me a word so when he called one night, I teased him that I know that he likes me. He was hesitant to admit it at first but he gave in before we ended the conversation. He courted me from then on.

After a month he said I love you then handed me a ring and asked me to marry him. “What? Are you nuts? We are dating for just a month!” I am just kidding. There was no such violent reaction. Of course I was flattered. I was not ready yet so I said no but I accepted the ring, lol! then the rest are history.

It’s the first I love you that I remember but I am pretty sure it is not the first time he said that.

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Not Stupidity but Love

Parents know what is best for their children…but not all the time. Because our parents raised us, they thought they have the freedom to choose everything that is best for us including our “would be” partners for life.

Rhonnel and I were already sweethearts when I introduced him to my father, Tatay was casual with him. That was Tatay…very strict during the time my sister and I were both single. He was not smiling to our suitors nor showed them likeness. He was just scrutinizing them from head to foot and observing them while they were talking as if they were newly discovered species. Lol!  Why do fathers think that no men are good enough for their girls?

When Rhonnel left for home, Tatay talked to me heart to heart. He said Rhonnel seems a good man but he does not like him because of his disability. I know some of you already knew what happened to Rhonnel’s eyes but for the sake of those who don’t, Rhonnel’s right eye got blind due to a freak accident caused by a very irresponsible gun owner.

I ardently disagreed with Tatay. I told him that he cannot judge a person through his looks. I said that I will prove to him that he is wrong.

Love is when you realize that he’s as sexy as Woody Allen,
as smart as Jimmy Connors,
as funny as Ralph Nader,
as athletic as Henry Kissinger
and nothing like Robert Redford
– but you’ll take him anyway.
~Judith Viorst,Redbook, 1975~

It was Rhonnel who exerted much effort to be liked by Tatay…until Tatay accepted him wholeheartedly. Now, they get along very well. Tatay and Nanay are excited every time we go to their house. They even prepare Rhonnel’s favorite foods.

Marrying a half-blind man is not stupidity. It is what you call LOVE! Love does not only weaken our knees, causes our eyes to spark and our cheeks to glow. Love do wonders too and touches the heart of the over protective dad.

My entry for Girls Talk…

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