Saturday, August 7, 2010

Family home

During my grandmother's 90th birthday celebration, an AVP showing my grandmother's life was shown. I was surprised about things I didn't know, like the fact that my grandparents got separated by the war for 10 years. I mean, I know they had a long separation (kinda like today's OFWs, but I didn't know that it was 10 years!

Their sacrifices paid off though. My grandfather, grandmother, dad (born in China) and uncle (born in Hong Kong where they had a five year layover) were able to finally settle in the Philippines. My father's 3 siblings were born here. My grandparents were able to buy a lot and had a house built. Not only a house, but also a small complex of 4 apartments which were supposed to be beginning homes for their sons and their families. Each unit has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. They have standard kitchen and bathroom fittings, nothing fancy like jacuzzi tubs but complete. We lived there until my parents were able to buy a house when I was 24 years old. I hope I would be able to do something like that for my children, provide a place for them to stay when they are just starting their families. Now that I have kids, I realize that parents would do a lot of sacrifices in order to ensure that their kids get the best.