OUR PATINTERO: REMEMBERING INDAY*
(For my sister Brenda Teodora Casuga-Maglaya+ on her Birthday)
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. CasugaRevised, June 26, 2014
*Brenda Teodora B. Casuga-Maglaya, is a younger sister, who was also my best childhood friend. She would have been 70 today, June 26, 2014. She died in her middle 40's, a few months earlier than her husband Renato Maglaya while she took care of him during his final year.