(Remembering Inday+ on her Birthday, June 26, 2013)*
How do I best remember you, hermanita?That father would call you princesita mia
after a swig of Domecq and sarsaparilla?
You were not one to get excited by these,nor would you bat an eyelash; you’d jump
off his lap and call out to me: “ ‘manong!
That was always my cue for another gameof patintero under the lone lamp on our
camino; your sad eyes lit up, you’d smile.
The smile you bravely left me when youhugged me from your sick bed, was your
own smile, nobody else’s. I will not forget.
---Albert B. Casuga
*Brenda Teodora B. Casuga-Maglaya, is a younger sister, who was also my best childhood friend.