I was writing an e-mail to an Aunt and Uncle I had lost touch with for the past few years and as I was telling them when I was home last (in 2002), the fact hit me that I hadn’t seen my Dad since then. It’s now 3 years.. he just turned 70 this year and isn’t exactly in good health. I guess having Angel and all just distracted me but I do need to go home soon. This year is out — but I have to make a plan to go home next year.
Right now I really don’t know when that will be — but I have to go home. As Mom said, I should do that now that Dad’s still up and about, and not when he is already at his deathbed. At his age, we really don’t know how his health would be this time around next year.
Christmas would be a lovely time to go home but somehow I feel that would be too late in the year to go. So now I’m trying to see what is the most feasible time to do that, given Mom’s schedule with us and how my new job pans out. For once, I think I can actually plan a long vacation. It’s WHEN that I need to figure out.
Mom exits in April and hopes to return in July. The way I see it, I can either go home with her in April, or go to Manila just before she returns and return with her in tow. June wouldn’t be a bad time to go, I think.. We can also get the benefit of the 4th of July weekend perhaps. It’s all a blur but somehow I know now that I’m not going to Paris this January.
It’s a thought that makes me sigh but hey, it’s definitely worth the trade off if it means going home to see Dad, and maybe he can finally meet my little boy.