Saturday, May 8, 2021

A Mother’s Life Well-Lived, a Priceless Legacy

 

Mother's day is different after your mother dies. Even if you have a family of your own, it can be difficult to fully engage with the day when someone important in your life is missing.

Like Edwin Aquino, a retired bank executive, longing for his mother who passed away last 2019. I am familiar with his pain because my mom passed away last December 2018.  No matter how long it's been since you lost your mom, you can wake up on that day and feel the same hurt all over again.

I love how Edwin remembers his mom and their family's happy moments during Mother's day. From his childhood, how she guided them when they were growing up, the values they learned from her, to where they are now, his mom had a big part in all of those. Because of his mom, Edwin and his siblings are all achievers, through her guidance and discipline. By the way, his mom was a teacher at Torres High School in Tondo, Manila. She gave up her career to take care of them. Just like my mommy, she used to be a grade school teacher at St. Cyr Academy (now known as Lycee D' Regis Marie in Parañaque), she also gave up her career to focus on me and my siblings. Mothers are truly selfless. They worked hard to earn their diplomas and chase their dream careers but in the end, they choose their children and family.

Edwin also shares how his mother taught them the importance of learning how to save. They were taught to work hard not to just keep asking their parents for stuff and money. Edwin even collected empty bottles from the campus to bring back to their canteen in exchange for 5 to 10 centavos when he was in elementary. I remember my sisters sold chocolates in school to earn extra money and I washed my sister's socks for a few coins. Hehehe. Every centavo earned from hard work. Thanks to our mommy.

Edwin looks back and says his mother's greatest legacy is really how well she raised him and his siblings, helping them grow not only as successful persons in good standing but more importantly, shaping their values so that they know the importance of hard work, spending and saving wisely, and being kind to one another.

Before the community quarantines due to the pandemic, Edwin and his siblings and their respective families would go to Heritage Park in Taguig to celebrate their parents' lives and legacy. It's their opportunity to bond as a family and share precious family memories.

When his father passed away, they visited Heritage Park every weekend to spend time with their Daddy. But their visits diminished over time. When his mother passed away, the whole family would visit both their Daddy and Mommy in Heritage Park during their birthdays and death anniversaries.

This Mother's Day, the pandemic and existing travel restrictions will be keeping Edwin, his siblings, and their families apart. However, they draw strength and love from the memories they shared during their visits to their parents in The Heritage Park and this helps them keep hoping that one day, they'll have another sweet reunion as a family at Heritage Park once again.

No wonder why they feel happy when they are at The Heritage Memorial Park. Through my research, I learned how spacious and beautiful the place is. I dream of transferring my Mommy to The Heritage Memorial Park someday because she deserves the best even when she's no longer with us because of the life and legacy she gave us.

26 comments:

  1. Nakakatouch ang storyang ito mamsh,Kaya hanggat buhay pa ang ating mga parents pahalagahan at mahalin sila ng tunay.Happy Mothers Day ❣️

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  2. Her mother did leave a great legacy. Iba talaga kapag nanay. Yung mga tinuturo nila sa atin minsan wala lang sa atin pero magagamit din pala natin kinalaunan. ❤️

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  3. Happy mothers day mommy at sa lahat ng mama nanay sa mundo..
    Ang ganda naman po ng story nakaka inspire.lalo na sa mga nawalan sa buhay,tapos mababasa mo sa blog na ang ganda ng heritage memorial park kahit wala na ang mahal sa buhay parang kapaling mo sya.the best talaga ang #heritagepark

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  4. Sobrang nakakatouch Yung story momsh,, Ang layo NG nanay ko ,, buti na Lang anjan na Ang messenger at kahit sa video call nakikita ko sya🥺🥺

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  5. The first sentence hits me hard.😥
    Losing our mother is very hard to accept. We always visit her whenever we are in Valenzuela and especially on her birthday and death anniversary even there's a lot of travel restrictions. I miss mom.😥

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  6. Nakakatouch naman ang story na ito lalo na sa mommy mo mamsh..Lahat talaga gagawin para sa kapakanan ng mga anak..Kaya proud din ako sa mama ko long distance lang kmi mamsh..Happy Mothers Day sa lahat ng dakilang nanay..

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  7. nakakatouch ang story na to momsh.. yung love ng Nanay sa mga anak ay di talaga matutumbasan..Yhanks for.sharing this momsh.. we are still blessed kasi kasama pa namin ang mother namin kaya I always make sure that she would always feel loved kahit sa simple ways lang na kaya naming magkakapatid...

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  8. Happy Mothers Day po In Heaven 💐🤗

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  9. My mum was died when i was 8, now that i have my own family, i still missed her so bad 😭 sana matapos na pandemic para mapuntahan ko sya 😢

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  10. True mommy,Mother's Day would be different without our moms around.They are our pillar of strength❤Once they gone,we lose half of our life cause we always depend on them ecen we have our own family.Heritage park is a place where you can send your loves ones off and becremembered always.It's nice,clean and very spacious.

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  11. Name palang ng park mukang maganda na talaga. Happy Mother's Day po mommy Reylen. 💝

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  12. Happy mother's day mommy
    #heritagepark

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  13. It's a family way of remembering their loved ones who parted ,clean environment,a place wherein you can gather with the whole family, ❤️

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  14. All moms are the best, they are the ones who taking care of their children and husband. They sacrifices a lot, their hardworks are priceless. ❤️

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  15. Naiyak ako mama ko kasi hindi ko nakasama matagal 2011 namatay sya at hindi ko naparans sa kanya yung salitang pamamahal 😭😭😭

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  16. its nice to have an opportunity to bond as a family and share precious family memories even their are no longer with us and remembering the life and legacy. happy mothers day

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  17. Happy Mothers Day po sa lahat.Naalala ko po tuloy ang mama ni hubby dito once ko lang po sya nakausap pero never po kami nagkita but everyday feel na feel ko po ung pagmamahal nya samin.I know na masaya na sya with Papa God Now.Kamatayan din po nya ngaun.Kaya naisip ko na hanggat buhay pa ang mga magulang ko never stop loving them tulad ng pagmamahal nila satin

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  18. Happy Mothers Day po sa lahat.Naalala ko po tuloy ang mama ni hubby dito once ko lang po sya nakausap pero never po kami nagkita but everyday feel na feel ko po ung pagmamahal nya samin.I know na masaya na sya with Papa God Now.Kamatayan din po nya ngaun.Kaya naisip ko na hanggat buhay pa ang mga magulang ko never stop loving them tulad ng pagmamahal nila satin...Happy Mothers Day po ulit

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  19. Happy po kasi masama ko ang manalo sa mother's day at binilhan ko say ng pizza KASI yun lang nakayanan ko makita ko sa ngiti nya na ang says nya kaya nakakatawa po talaga...

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  20. Sobrang Nakakatouch♥️
    Kaya habang buhay pa at nakakasama pa natin ang mga magulang natin,iparamdam natin saknila yung pagmamahal at pagaalaga natin saknila..

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  21. Nakakatouch naman yung kwento. Swerte pa rin ako dahil kasama ko pa mama ko, kaya hanggat nabubuhay pa talaga ang magulang natin. Iparamdam natin na mahalaga sila sa buhay natin. Lagi natin sabihin na mahal natin sila. Dahil hindi naman habang buhay kasama ntin sila dito sa mundong ibabaw.

    Happy Mothers Day mga mommies ��❤️

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  22. 🥺🥺 Happy mothers day !

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  23. Very touching ng story momsh,iba talaga yong pagmamahal ng ating mga magulang lahat gagawin nila para sa atin.Ang hirap at iba talaga pag yong parents ang nawaka parang di kompleto,kaya habang nakakasama pa natin sila e pakamahalin,pahalagahan at sulitin natin ang bawat oras na kasama natin sila.Syempre palagi nating iparamdam sakanila ang pagmamahal natin.Happy Mothers Day to all moms.♥️

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  24. After reading this article bigla kong namiss ang nanay ko.Taon na rin ang lumipas nung huli kaming nagkita pahirapan na rin dahil sa pandemya ..Let us treasure every moment na kasama pa natin ang ating mga mahal na magulang o nanay .

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  25. Can't stop my tears falling after reading this,I'm so blessed to have my mom beside me. Kaya tlaga sinusulit ko ang bawat oras na kasama ko sya at pinapadama ang pagmamahal sa kanya.

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  26. Can't stop my tears falling after reading this,I'm so blessed to have my mom beside me. Kaya tlaga sinusulit ko ang bawat oras na kasama ko sya at pinapadama ang pagmamahal sa kanya.

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