Those who grew up with their lolas, raise your hands. Me! Me!
I actually lived with my Lola since birth up to before I moved to a dormitory in college. My sister and I shared a room with her and were raised by her. I can say we were spoiled in some ways but also experienced the strictness of elderly guardians most of the time. I may not have the happiest childhood memories but there are many lessons I learned from Lola and a lot of memories that influence how I live my everyday life. Let me share the top 10 things I remember about Lola.
10. I remember me being a stubborn child who likes to watch TV until late at night even if Lola (and Lolo) tells me to go to the bedroom and sleep. If I don’t follow they will scold me and tell me to sleep outside the room, which I obey and later on they will scold me again for staying outside. I remember answering that they told me to stay outside that’s why I did, and they’ll scold me again for answering back! I think I’m one of the most stubborn grandchildren in the family but Lola still loved me just the same.
9. I remember Lola not allowing us to play outside the house with other kids so I’ll just sit by the window envying them.
8. I remember Lola always asking me to drink milk even if I don’t like it. She would even allow me to drink coffee mixed with milk just so I’ll have my milk.
7. I remember Lola arguing whenever I only want to eat the egg whites and leave the yolk because she says the nutrients are in the yolk. Same goes for the sisiw in the balut which I really can’t tolerate but she insists that it’s what people pay for.
6. I remember Lola being a hardcore Brgy. Ginebra fan! She loves Jaworski and Caguioa. When I had a chance to see Jaworski, I did my best to secure an autograph with a dedication for Lola.
5. I remember brushing Lola’s dentures and scrubbing Lola’s back when she takes a bath. I also remember her using Perla as bath soap.
4. I remember Lola teaching us to eat what’s on the table and always finish our food that’s why I’m not a picky eater and almost always have a clean plate after meals.
3. I remember Lola being a peacemaker when her children have arguments. If my mom is involved, she would always say that her other children should love their Ate because if she died giving birth to her then they all won’t be in this world.
2. I remember Lola always telling me that I’m getting thinner whenever I go home to the province. If this is true then I’ll be the size of a matchstick by now! She believes this is because I don’t eat breakfast but maybe she’ll be proud of me now because I try to always eat my morning meal.
1. There are many other things I remember about Lola but the most memorable thing she taught me is to not deprive myself of food! In her words: Tipirin mo na ang lahat huwag lang ang pagkain. She even gives me extra baon so that I can buy whatever I want to eat. She really loves it when I eat a lot which is probably why I’m matakaw! 😬
I will really miss my Lola but I’m comforted by the thought that she’ll be with Lolo now. I love you, Lola.❤️ Rest in peace.