It was a long drive. We never ran out of stories. We talked like we have seen each other just a day ago. Since we are all librarians, we talked about issues and controversies in the profession at large and lent advice to each other on our professional and personal endeavors in life. We missed the rest of the batch, seven of those weren't able to go. We wondered how they are and hoped they could join the reunion in the coming years.
In Burgos, Pangasinan, at the town proper, we went to market for our food the whole weekend. The adventure has truly begun! Buying fruits and vegetables we don't usually see in our urban marketplaces and groceries was delightful. There were cashews,
From there, we journeyed an hour more to Brgy.
We stayed in Roven's Place, a beach resort that is far from fancy. But, we liked it there very much. It is an idyllic place where we pumped water from artesian wells for our bathroom needs, where we grilled fish and cooked food using charcoal and where the sunset is as beautiful as our unspoken dreams. The beach is amazing, by the way.
Our stay there that weekend is a wonderful memory that I will tell my grandchildren.
riendship is indeed a grace!
Here is my letter to my future grandchildren:
My dear grandchild/grandchildren,
*Give your friend a helping hand, especially when she happens to be the group's designated driver and is tasked to bring you all safely home.
*Appreciate the best cooks in the group. They can either feed you well or poison you with so much big sister sermon.
*Help out. Pump water. Clean up. Wash the dishes. You may all be friends, but good friendships are rooted in trust, fairness and honesty.
*Listen. Listen to each other. Listen to yourself.
*Thank God. Because, despite yourself, He gave you this beautiful world to share with friends.
We parted ways with new resolutions: eat healthier, stay strong in faith and love, do our best to make this place a better place one day at a time. Whoever thought we would come this far? We were young and scrappy in the early 90s in PNU. The years have made us gentler, wiser, more forgiving of ourselves.
I look at my friends and I am in awe at the beautiful people we have all become. Our lives are never perfect. For some reason, we smile. We stand strong. God is truly good!