I can’t even afford to imagine myself flying in a plane; thus, getting closer and touch it would mean a world to me. “This is actually my childhood dream, and at long last, it happened”. I’m now ready to die, at least I’m truly happy before I pass away.
That was precisely the line I heard while she hugged me tight and I caught her eyes controlling the saline fluid that trickles down her face. She smiled and gave me a kiss. I witness the happiness in her eyes. It was priceless.
I saw her standing in a baggage claim area from afar along with other passengers while waiting for her checked-in baggage. She granted me a smile when she saw me, I was about to call her and tell her what to do. But I gave all the instructions at night before her flight from General Santos City bound for Cebu City. It was her first time, and she was alone.
I greeted her with a hug and kiss. I ask her if she was okay, and she was just smiling and seemed very excited to share all her experience. We walked a few meters from the arrival area to ride a Bus bound for SM, Cebu City. After I paid the ticket, we immediately went inside the Bus. A few minutes after we have comfortably seated, she began sharing her first flying experience. She sounded like a child who have simply had her pleas answered. She told me that she didn’t sleep the whole night, she keeps thinking about what she would act when she entered the airport. Though, I had given her instructions, but still, she told me that she can’t deny that she was frightened and at the same time, very excited.
She continued her story, I was just smiling while listening to her. She said that she was confused where to sit, and fortunately, the flight attendant help her until she had her seat. Then, she suddenly asked me a bunch of questions that was left unanswered. Questions like, why do airplane fly? I would love to answer all her questions, but I have limited knowledge.
She then started telling me that when she got into the plane, she was seemed like riding a Bus, only what makes it different was that, inside the plane, the cloud enters. She got my attention and I was like, what? What do you mean of clouds entered inside the airplane? Until I realized, what she actually meant was the quite thick white smoke thing before the take off while loading passengers, which is a common phenomenon.
All her life she thought that she would never have a chance to fulfill her dream. She then hugs and kiss me, I was speechless. The tale continues, then she shared that she realized one thing. All her life she thought that clouds are too far that it reaches the heaven. When she was up there, the cloud was below the plane and she was really amazed. I scarcely want to hug her that moment, and tell her that she would experience more than what she expected in the future.
To my beloved mother,
Whenever I hear people admire me, I invariably think about you. I’m the perfect reflection of your innate determination in life. The person who has taught me to live life independently.
I left home when I was 13 years old and live my life while depending on my own decisions without depending on your help to reach all my aspirations in life. Yes, it took me 12 years to strive, to work hard, and slowly achieving all my goals in life.
For the past 12 years, my friends have been asking about the people behind my existence, but I rarely share about our family because of the dark enigma that we have been through. I will keep striving to slowly change our bad story, and together, we can all face the world while wearing our genuine smile as we embrace change.
Look at you when you wear your big smile, you seem to look like just my older sister. Perhaps because you have given birth to your second child when you were 17 years old and that was me. I can imagine how difficult it was for you at that time, but you still manage to raise me with great values in life.
At this moment, I desire you to know that I left home because of a thousand reasons, and one of those is to let you experience the life you have never imagined. I may have not given you everything as of now, but this is just the beginning of a good life that you will about to experience. I love you so much mother dear.
Happy International Women’s Day to all the amazing mothers and women around the world. Thank you for all your incomparable contributions in the world.
I would like to thank the Cebu Pacific Air for flying my mother from General Santos City bound for Cebu. You have simply helped me fulfill her childhood dream in life.