Packing Mom's Balikbayan Box

I just finished weighing the other half of mom’s 140 lb baggage allowance for her trip home.  I know how she feels — wishing she could take more than what the airline will allow her.  I wish I could send everything that she wanted to take home with her.

I’m counting hours til she goes.  I wish I had another week to spend with her.  Yet I know she’s very anxious to make it home.  She’s really raring to board that plane and get home. 

Today we spoke about her returning.  She is noncommittal as to when, but she is certain she will come back if only because of Angelo.  Angel and I miss her already.  I miss her a whole lot and she is still here.

The balikbayan box is the all important luggage accessory.  Not the Samsonites or the knock off Louis Vuitton.. it’s that pre-measured box that can load one’s aspirations, hopes and life’s savings.. most people would take advantage and take two.. I would send two boxes home with mom is if only I didn’t have to worry about her carrying them.  Maybe the second box can go with Nikky when he returns — granting he makes it here.

It’s another round of goodbyes.. I feel like I’m being left alone again like I have been for the longest time before Angelo was born, and save for my sister’s visit in 2001.  The 10,000 miles suddenly feel much farther now that mom’s leaving me. 

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