You may wonder why this blog has been inactive for nearly two months now. I am at the moment on a holiday with my husband Waleed in my home province of Antique in the mid-western part of the Philippines, the so-called Western Visayas or Region VI. It is not actually a real holiday per se because all day long I attend to so many requests for help or assistance. It is so because I am in the midst of all my siblings, their children and grandchildren and the many relatives, far and near, in my beloved Mapatag (of Hamtic town), my mother’s birthplace and mine. Am sharing, herewith, for now, a brief piece I have posted on my Facebook Timeline two weeks ago.
“IT IS not that easy to take care of a big and extended family and when you are the source of everybody’s sustenance, it becomes the more complicated. But thanks to God, who has never failed to guide me through, I am able to attend to everybody’s needs – but only those who are immediately surrounding me here. At least for now, that is. I can’t, of course, continue giving or else Waleed and I won’t be able to enjoy our holiday.
“So to those from afar who I have refused help in the past two weeks or so, please give me more room to continue attending to my immediate family because they also have needs and in these hard and difficult times when a typical family here doesn’t even have the luxury to enjoy three meals a day, you will sure understand. I need to attend first to my own backyard.
“My backyard has actually widened enough to encompass even those outside my fence and I continue to pray and ask God to give me the strength and the alertness of mind to attend wisely to every request I receive on a daily basis. And I also ask you to please help me pray that God will continue to guide my heart and hands and provide me with all the means, as He has benevolently done, so far, in the past many years now.
“So many mouths are depending on me and I don’t want to see them gaping all the time!”