I’m one of those OFWs with a “family status” privilege appended on their contract. It may not mean much to some and taken for granted by others who have similar benefits, but much sought by those who have to leave their family behind back in the Philippines. If you're a family man, without it, it is as if a part of you was stolen. You can only enjoy your “family life” for a month once a year and for some, only after two years.
I guess, in spite of being an OFW, I’m lucky to gain this understanding of what “family” is all about. To be called, not only as a “provider”, but as a parent as well. To experience the ups and down of a family life and witness my child grow; From a 3 month old baby, who likes to hold her Daddy’s finger, to what she is now, a little girl who can’t sleep at night without her Daddy’s arm around her.
She’s her Daddy’s joy and sometimes her mother’s aggravation, full of life, eccentricity and naughtiness. And tomorrow will be a special day. It is the day, five years ago to date, when she came into our lives... and everything changes.
Happy Birthday, anak!
TriviaFebruary, 2010 is unique. It has:
4 Saturdays and
A phenomenon that happens only once every 11 years.