It has been a very hectic two weeks for me. I had a whole bunch of cousins, aunts and uncles fly in from Los Angeles, Vancouver, Boston, UK, Scarborough, and Toronto, mainly for my brother’s long-awaited wedding, but also to join us see Dad off to his final resting place, join up with our Grandfather for his 84th birthday, and generally have a great time here in the Philippines.
Most of them have already gone back home (because of work!), and even as I write this blog entry, I can’t help but wish that we could’ve spent more time together goofing around and doing all sorts of cool stuff.
Here I am sorting out all these great pictures I took- grouping them in folders, renaming them, uploading them on Facebook, Photobucket and Shutterfly, and burning DVDs of em- and it feels warm and fuzzy inside knowing we’ve made some very meaningful connections, even if they’ve only been here for a few days.
The truth is, I’ve only been interacting with most of them through Facebook and phonecalls- some of them I’ve actually only met for the very first time- like Johanna and Theresa, for example. The others, well, I could only barely remember from years ago. I last saw Lourdes when she was 4 years old, and her sister Denille was just a little baby when they left in 1991. I also last saw Paul in 1991- he was around 11 back then- but now he’s all full-grown and married and totally different from how I remembered him from way back. I also remember playing with Troy when we were both little kids (I think I was 3 when they left for Canada)- now he’s got a family of his own- with Adriana and little Terence.
So you could just imagine there was a lot of catching up going on, in between stories and jokes and lots of pictures and food and all that. Not quite enough though- after all, you could only do so much interacting in a few days’ time. Still, it was a springboard of sorts- we all promised to keep in touch and hang out as soon as I fly back to Los Angeles. And yeah, you gotta thank Facebook for keeping the family fires burning.