AGAPE: Her Gift of Acknowledgement

This should have been written a lot earlier but after some months of delay, it’s done already.

It was summer then and I was alone in the studio waiting for the new students to come and have their pictures taken. This was the least fun part of my work as a student s assistant in the Information technology Center for I have to sit in that little room the whole day until someone arrives. After a few minutes or so, I’m back to talking to myself and listening to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 over and over again, it’s the only music installed on the PC I am operating.

I decided to clean up a little when I found a book. I saw that book a few weeks earlier in the office of the author herself. I found out that it was a Biography and I was kind of hesitant to open the book then because after all, it was her office and I was just there to fix her printer.  So seeing the chance to satisfy my curiosity, I browsed through the pages.

Written in glossy paper, I presumed that there were only a few copies of that book, looking at the graphics on the cover, made me think of a regular book with a regular content. I opened it and saw pictures, after a few minutes of browsing something caught my attention… believe it or not, after catching it, it failed to let it go.

"Judging a book by its cover really pays."

"Judging a book by it's cover really pays."

Aside from being a biography, it was also a love story like no other, a love story bound by restrictions and hindrances that the weak of heart dare not to cross. The words I read become realistic scenes at the back of my head as I read along. This was one story different from the others and definitely she was one person different from whom I first knew. From the school personnel who she used to be, calling for help after work hours in Saturdays, she became a favorite personality of mine. From her experiences I was touched, the controversies I was intrigued, her search for herself made me wonder if there are things left to do for her. Yet at the back of all those she still is a daughter to a loving mother and a mother herself to her son.

Finishing the book, I found out that it was morning already. I lipped the book in my bag and hit the bunkers but the excitement is still there. I want to talk to her, ask questions, ask for more stories but how.

A year later I found her on a social network in the internet, added her up and just waited for an opportunity to do some interview. A week later she was online and we were able to have a really short conversation.

I told her my feedback on her book, that I was touched and all but her comments were far more touching. After that she had to go and the next week after she arrived in the Philippines. I saw her on the corridor, greeted her the way I used to and was shocked to know that she remembers me. It was an enlightening experience for me, to be acknowledged like that.

It was nice finally seeing her and meeting her for the first time, even though we have always seen and met each other before.

Up to now, I’m still hoping for that long conversation.
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I'm just a Computer Science student finding his way into the internet when suddenly he encountered different blog sites and had the interest to have his own one.

Posted on February 24, 2010, in education, emo, emote, love, public, social and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Maria Lourdes Abulencia

    My Dear Ralph,
    I am deeply honored to read such a beautifully written response to my book, considering it comes from such a young soul like you. I had thought that my book is really for mature readers…

    Resonating with the youth of today is something very special to me especially since this ground of Sacred Heart College is where I spent several years of my young life; this was where I had the vision and intention that I would become a nun…

    But I married a priest instead. No regrets, of course, as my story reveals…

    But for now, I want to share with you how good I feel that I am in correspondence with a young writer like you.

    We ought to have coffee together. My treat. At Luisa Restaurant, my hang out as a writer and artis. This is significant as today is February 25, 2010, the anniversary of EDSA PEOPLE POWER I.

    More kwento till we get together.

    With warmest appreciation,
    Maria

  2. Sure… it would be a great honor to have coffee with you. Kelvin is really lucky to have that chance working with an artist like you. 🙂 Maybe after thesis defense I’ll have more time for that coffee date 🙂

    More power to you and the ones touched by your passion.. 🙂

    P.S.

    Of all the comments posted by my readers, this one really hits that soft spot.

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