Welcome Home, Mama!

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Do you have that person in your life wherein no matter how many times you say “Thank You”, you know that it won’t ever be enough to express how grateful you are?

I guess it’s safe to say that we all do.

In my case, aside from my parents to whom I will always be grateful for for the good genes they gave me ;), there’s Mama Ren.

Since I feel that I can express myself better through writing, please pardon this granddaughter who wants to give a simple gift to her grandmother who deserves simply the best.

Dear Mama Ren,

More than four years ago, I wrote a special piece for you. Here comes another one and I hope you’d love it too.

First of all, I want to say “WELCOME HOME”.

You’ve spent many decades in the United States and you deserve to enjoy your retirement.

You deserve to spend your days the way you want to.

You deserve to enjoy catching up with your classmates and friends. You can now send them a message anytime (as long as you have internet connection 🙂 ) because you don’t have to wait for your break time or office hours to be over before you can check your messages anymore.

You deserve to enjoy visiting lots of places and taking many photos.

You deserve to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

You deserve to enjoy the simple gifts and surprises given by your loved ones.

You deserve all these and so much more.

Next, I want to tell you for the nth time “THANK YOU”.

I want to thank you not just for sending me clothes, bags, make-ups, and other material things while I was growing up.

I want to thank you for always believing in me, for supporting my decisions and telling me to follow what I feel is the best for me.

I want to thank you for treating me like a responsible adult even when I was just starting out my life in the real world.

I want to thank you for believing that I am strong enough to handle the trials in life.

I want to thank you for your words of wisdom.

I have a lot of reasons to thank you but the most important is – I want to thank you for the person that I am today.

I wouldn’t have been able to achieve the two titles (RN and CPC-A) attached to my name if not for you.

I was able to finish my education because of your financial help.

I didn’t have to worry about tuition fee and payment for the review because you made sure I always pay in full.

I didn’t even have to worry about school supplies because you would always send us pens, notebooks, etc, before the start of each school year.

I was also able to get my second title because of your trust and moral support.

Honestly, I felt stronger to pursue a new career after you told me to follow what I really want to do.

I think I wouldn’t have grown up as a go-getter and headstrong woman if you didn’t serve as my role model. 🙂

Lastly, I want to tell you, “I LOVE YOU, MAMA”.

Several years ago, I felt that you have uncertainties as to what would happen to you after you retire and settle in the Philippines, (who will take care of you, who will be there for you).

After more than a month since you came home, I’m not sure if we have been able to put your fears to rest, but I hope that somehow, we did.

You may not have been able to save money after all your years of hard work in the US, but you’ve helped a lot of people.

So please rest assured, WE ARE ALL HERE FOR YOU.

I will always be here for you.


Your ever-grateful ‘Miss April’


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