Written while on the plane, March 21, 2012
I’m finally on my way back to New York after two weeks in Manila. It’s pitch black outside. 7ish in the morning in New York. My boy is getting ready to go to school. I told him when he wakes up, I will be there with him. I miss him so much I can’t wait to show him I brought home some of his favorite pandesal. (Actually had to stop for it on the way to the airport this morning.)
I am exhausted, physically and emotionally, after two weeks in Manila. There are meetings that just sap you of your energy, and two meetings with the creditors did just that. I left with no solution on paper yet, but we got as close to one as we could get. I feel like I did accomplish what I had come home for.
My mom has grown older again. Not just age-wise, but I could see it in her eyes. She still smiles, but she looks weary. I’m glad I was able to come home to help. My siblings, I know, were more than relieved. They have been waging this battle for so long they left all the negotiating to me. I couldn’t blame them. It is indeed a wearying task – one that can really knock you out, but one which you do not have the luxury to quit from. You get knocked down, you just get up.
But we got up.. we negotiated.. we’re getting there.