In the long life I’ve lived, I’ve had two husbands. The first one died from an illness. When I married my second husband, we already had our own children so we became one very big family. Almost all my children are now adults with their own families. Some chose to live here while some live in other provinces. To be honest, I want to shelter them all but I have to respect their plans in life. I always get excited whenever they visit, or even if they’re only planning to have a get-together. I usually take them to the beach or by the river. I cook the food and I watch them swim. We rarely come together, so I make sure to savor every moment I get. I don’t know when we’ll next meet. It’s been so long since the last one. If there’ll be another get-together, I’ll make sure to cook their favorite dishes while I watch them swim in the sea.

- Dianne Kathryn Datu

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