Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same. Sis. Nina and Bro. Oscar have been our friends for many years. We were part of San Ramon Cursillo Team back in the 1990’s. We joined the Chosen Flock Cursillo Team when the San Ramon Team became inactive.
Good relationships don’t just happen. They take time, patience, and people who truly want and enjoy to be together. The bricks of friendship are made of laughter and the mortar is made of tears, joy and happiness. We have many wonderful memories with Sis. Nina and Bro. Oscar. They are like real jewelry; while the fake ones started to fade and reveal their true colors, they always out shined them all.
Sis. Nina was proud and always bragged about her dog, Maxi. In fact, when she started getting sick, she jokingly said that Maxi is trying to join her in her sickness. She loves sauteed bitter melon (ginisang ampalaya) and knowing that, I always put aside for her whenever I cooked ampalaya and she was very appreciative. She also loves Loquat. So whenever it was in season, I always asked her and Bro. Oscar to pick some from my tree.
Sis. Nina was a quiet but very loving person. She took care of her mom until she was put in a care home. She was a model and wonderful mother to Ryan and a faithful and wonderful wife to Bro. Oscar. In fact, on the diaconate program, if Bro Oscar insisted to join the program, she would support him . However, if it were up to her, she would rather not have Bro. Oscar be a deacon. She wants him to be free living his life and be happy. As we Catholics know, a deacon cannot get married again. If that is not love, I don’t know what we call it.
She was so happy that she was still around when Zoey, her granddaughter, was born because she was able to see her and enjoyed her for a year and a half especially during the last few days of her life. Some memories are unforgettable, remaining ever vivid and heartwarming! I will keep all my special thoughts and memories of you for lifetimes to come. I will continuously share these keepsakes with others to inspire hope, build from the past and bridge to the future so other lives may be touched by yours. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE, SIS. NINA.