October 29, 2012 – The four-day long vacation of our family friend from Riyadh KSA is about to end. Tonight, when the clock strikes at 6:00 o’clock, they will be merrily hopping in the airplane and bring with them some good memories about their short but wonderful stay in the beautiful country of the Sultanate.
Apart from that, I will truly miss my dear college friend, Elle, whom I considered to be one of my close and dear friends over the years. Elle and I have so many countless memories together way back in our Silliman years. Both of us are classmates since freshman while taking an IT degree. We are also dormmates in which her room is just adjacent to mine. We share some of our personal stuff like dresses, accessories, and shoes to each other. At one time, during the summer, I visited her hometown in Bohol in Philippines where I get to meet her lovely and boisterous mom whom I find so interesting and very friendly. She is also a native of Surigao, which happens to be my birthplace as well. Therefore we undeniably have common interests and love to talk some gossips and stories. Apart from that, I also encounter her two adorable sisters, EB and ER, who are both ten and eleven years younger than her. Though they all have bigger age gaps, but these girls remain the closeness and sweetness among them. Elle’s dad works on an international ship long before she’s a little girl. His dad provides all the financial support while her mom is left taking care of Elle and her sisters. The girls and their mom get to see and be with their dad very seldom in a year. Despite the absence of a fatherly figure, all of them grow up to be very kind, obedient, and caring ladies.
One time Elle told me that when she get married and have kids, she will do whatever it takes to be her family. She wants to witness the growing years of her children and share wonderful moments with her husband as well. No wonder, when Shaun was offered a job in Riyadh, KSA, she purposefully quit her very promising career in Philippines and settled in the Middle East.
I guess Elle and I have many things in common. Our family is our first priority, a second of which is our careers. We are both thriving wife and mothers but we all do what it takes to give the best to our love ones. We also nurture a strong faith to God as we are both believers of miracles and wonderful blessings coming from the most POWERFUL from above.
I am glad that for many years have gone by and have been distant to each other for quite sometime, we both still remain good.. I mean real friends. She is a kind of person worth to keep for a lifetime.
So for now, I bid my sweetest farewell to a dear friend whom I am happy to see once again.