- Clueless that something tragic was about to happen, a family enjoyed their usual video calls to make each other feel they are still together despite the distance
- They were all left in shock when they learned the news that their father had a car
diac a rrest and didn’t survive
- The three daughters had to endure the pain of losing their father, while also longing for their mother who had to make a tough decision for her daughters
Losing a family member is hard, but it is even harder to get through the pain when both the father and the mother could not be with their children to help them feel comforted during very trying times.
Stephanie, 10 years old, the eldest among the siblings, has two younger sisters, Shella Mae and Sophia. The three sisters – at their very young age – lost their father last May 02, 2020.
They were all clueless something was about to happen that will really change their lives.
The day before they lost their father, they even had a video call together with their mother, Emalyn, who is an OFW in Saudi Arabia. It was their usual routine to make each other feel they are not too far from one another. They never thought it would be the last time they would be able to talk to Stephen, their father who was in Tondo, Manila working as a truck helper.
Sending funny videos, and having video calls are things that Stephen do to make his wife and daughters feel they are not too far. But they were in big shock when they received the news that Stephen had a car
diac a rrest.
The daughters and wife of Stephen were not able to see his remains even for the last time.
“Sana personal kong nakita si Papa, kaso hindi pwede kase lockdown… Hindi ko na po siya nakita... Wala na po kaming Tatay. Wala na pong tutulong kay Mama sa hanapbuhay,” said Stephanie while tears were falling from her eyes. They were not able to see their father because the siblings are in Masbate.
The second child of Stephen, Shella Mae, who also longed for the presence of their parents, said, “Lord, sana po mawala na po ‘yung lockdown para makauwi na po si Mama. Gusto ko po kasing mayakap si Mama. Kahit si Mama na lang. Mahirap pong mawalan ng magulang ngayong lockdown. Malungkot po.”
They wish for their mother to come home so they can finally be together, especially now that their father is gone. But their mother had to make a hard decision. She told her daughters she should stay in Saudi Arabia for another two years so she can earn enough for their family before she finally comes home.
“Hindi muna ako, ‘nak makakauwi ha. Kailangan ko munang magtrabaho. Para sa inyo naman ‘to, ‘nak e. Hintay lang kayo sa akin. Makakauwi rin si Mama. Sana maintindihan n’yo ako,” says Emalyn.
Despite what their mother said, Stephanie made a promise to her mother, “Ma, ‘wag kang mag-alala, ako na pong mag-aalaga sa mga kapatid ko.”
Last August 06, 2020 Emalyn started her new job with her new employer.