“I knew I loved you before I met you. I think I dreamed you into life.”
That’s you, my dream come true.
You don’t know how often I am told that I should go back to work because I have so much ahead of me. After all, Mum was already a manager in one of the biggest companies in the country when I conceived you.
But here I am. Always, always choosing you.
A week before your birthday, our neighbor asked if I have finished something health-related in college. I said, “Hotel and Restaurant Management”, and she replied “But you’re doing breastfeeding counseling. Isn’t that a bit far?”
I got into that because I love you.
Thank you, Popy. I have achieved so much more because of you. While it is true that I have given up my career to be with you, you have allowed me to pursue old and new dreams. You made me better at multi-tasking (like carrying while breastfeeding while doing the laundry). You gave way for me to pursue a writing career. You gave me an opportunity to become an advocate in things I have not even given much thought when I was single. And most of all, you allowed me to love you.
|Breastfeeding. Photo courtesy of my husband, Kevin Gabriel|
|Babywearing at Glorietta, Makati|
|Finishing my BFP and Arugaan Breastfeeding Peer Counselors Training with Doula Velvet, Nanay Rich and Popy.|
I can wish you a lot of things like be a doctor, a lawyer, an engineer or the president of this country, but mum only wants you to be a good man, and I pray that I will always find the strength to raise you as one.
You will one day be a student, an employee, a boss, a husband, a father… And Mum’s only wish is that whatever path it is that you will pursue, pursue to be good and happy at all times.
Khale, in behalf of your Bubba, I want you to know that our love will always be the greatest force in your life. Our love has and will pacify your cries; put you to sleep when you’re tired; and feed you and quench your thirst. It has taught you how to crawl, to sit, to stand, to walk and to run.
Your happiness will be our happiness. Your every victory will be our pride; and when you’re defeated, we will be the one to pick you up. We are your safe place when the world scares you.
There may be many women who will one day come into your life, but Mum will always be the one who stays for the longest time.
Because, darling, my love is you and my heart will forever protect you.
I may not be able to give you the world, but you will always have the best of me.