Honoring From a Parent to His Parent…

February 16, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

My son, keep your father’s command and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.  Bind them always on your heart; fasten them around your neck. When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, the will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you. Proverbs 6: 20-22

 

Time does flies.  Looking back – 2014 till the present has been a series of milestones for me.  I got married to my beautiful wife.  We were blessed to have our bundle of joy, our daughter and my career in photography took off.  It has been such an adventure and I have so much to be thankful for.  But I also realized that I would not be where I am without the guidance and love of my parents.

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You will never realize the importance of your parents until you become one yourself.  Entering into parenthood made me look forward to seeing my parents more.

The only time we see them is when we visit during weekends. This is also the time when they can see their “favorite apo,” my daughter.  I value every advise that are timely for the season I am in as a parent.  I also value how they love each other even at their old age.   Its amazing how my parents show affection to each other.  Dad can throw a lot of “hugot” lines; so does mom! I can see their love for and contentment with each other. I learned that if they keep their marriage strong, its gives a big impact to their children. It has pushed me to be a better husband and good father.

When you realize their importance, it’s a sober reminder that they are not getting any younger. No doubt, getting old happens to everyone. These thoughts make me sentimental. I grew up seeing my parents as invincible. My dad worked really hard in the ship in order to provide for our daily necessities. My mom was always there to make sure our needs are attended to. They make sure we know we are loved.

They have always looked the same to me–lively, tireless, and young. Always! But now, they both have white hair. They have wrinkles on their faces. They have become more emotional lately.

They are now both in their mid-50s.  These two have been the solid rock and foundation of my life. I simply cannot imagine without breaking down into tears…a world without them! I am not ready! They have always been there. Whenever I need guidance and sympathy, I always know that they are just one call away. I would not know what to do when I can no longer talk with them. Yet it’s a reality that I need to remind myself.

So I came up with a list. My “things-to-do” with my parents:

–       Spend more quality time

–       Ask about their life experiences and the lessons learned which for sure will be helpful to me

–       Tell them how much I love them and what they mean to me while they are still here to hear it in person

–       Hug and kiss them

This is just a simple reminder to everyone. LIFE IS SHORT. Any of us could lose our parents any time. Express your love and appreciation for them. Do not wait before it’s too late!

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