5:00pm, Journal Entry 053 Dear Diary, It comes as a surprise that I haven’t done anything very special for my Dad’s birthday. Well… It’s because I’m reserving it for something better. It’s 5pm and yes, this reminds me of coming home from school and spending more time at home. Let me elaborate on that, it’s the time when my Dad just drove me home from school and I can immediately smell dinner (specially prepared for me by my Dad… and mom also). Yes, indeed, it’s not just about my Dad driving or cooking food for me, it’s about reminding myself how dedicated my Dad has always been. His sacrifices and all the effort he has been exerting to make my life easier give me so much guilt; BUT if not for all these, I wouldn’t feel as blessed as I truly am right now. All these allow me to realize that love knows no bounds and God was too generous enough, for I was born into the loving arms of my parents whom I would never trade with anyone else! Allow me to adopt a common expression of Pinoys by saying, totoo ngang gising na gising ako nung nagpaulan si Lord ng mga biyaya, because I just got more than what I could have asked for; it’s more than what I could comprehend. Who could discount that fact? No one! To my Dad, you have been showing me so much about life and how to truly live it. You never really deny all the bitterness life can bring, but foremost, you never miss to inculcate in me that all trials and challenges are avenues for Him to be Glorified. That alone makes me feel that God not only blessed me with the best Daddy, he even gave me a friend and a mentor whose shoulder I can always lean on. Don’t worry, hindi ako napapagod sa mga morning talks natin sa car or sa dining table, every time you share God’s word and rebuke me at times – you’ve been helping me mature and grow into a woman that you, mom, and HE wants. Dad (and Mom of course), I am about to enter a new chapter in my life, but before that, thanks for investing so much in my education… at mag‐aaral pa pala ako ulit! By God’s Grace, I promise to NEVER let you down – successes or trying times… I will always make you proud of me. And Dad, please bear this in mind, as I get older and look for a partner in life, my word ever since, STAYS TRUE – that when God gives me that man, I hope he’s going to be just like you – dedicated, hardworking, ma‐diskarte, maginoo pero mejo…. Brusko! HAHA! Tall, (dark) and HANDSOME, and most important of all GOD‐fearing. Speaking of which, a resounding Happy Anniversary to both of you! I love you DADDY, Happy birthday! More precious years with you and Mom. Love love love you both! O siya, Diary, hanggang dito na lang muna dahil 6:00 na, may gagawin pa ako.