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“You should get yourself a boyfriend!”

Napatigil si Julie at nilingon ang mommy niya. “Mom. Seriously?!”

“What? Malapit na ang Valentine‟s Day, honey, at anong balak mo? Magmukmok na naman sa condo mo buong araw,buong gabi?”

“Ano bang masama dun? Eh sa lagi akong walang date kapag Valentine‟s.”

“Wala kang date kasi wala kang boyfriend. Wala kang boyfriend kasi masyado kang choosy. Hindi ka ba naiinggit sa mga friends mo? Ikaw na lang ang single.”

“Mom!”

“What?”

Umupo si Julie sa sofa at tila nawalan na ng ganang umalis sa bahay ng mommy niya. “Ayoko namang magka-boyfriend for the sake of having one dahil lang ako na lang ang single sa aming magkakaibigan.”

“Your friend Emily will be married very soon at sunod-sunod na yan, trust me. Ang arte-arte mo kasi, ilang beses ka nang sinet-up ng mga friends mo sa mga handsome and educated guys pero ikaw naman ang ewan ko ba‟t napano ka at ni isa sa mga iyon wala kang na-typan.”

“That‟s because I have my standards.”

“Isa pa yan. You know what sweetie, when you want to find love you don‟t have to have standards!”

“Of course I have to, mom. Iyong taong makakasama ko habamuhay ang hahanapin ko natural lang na maging maingat ako.”

“I knew it.”

“What?”

“Nagka-trauma ka sa mga failed marriages ko. Oh, I knew it! This is my fault! Dahil sa „kin kaya ka natatakot nang ganyan.”

“Mom, magkaiba naman tayo. Saka hindi naman ako natatakot eh.”

“Really.”

“Well, slight. Normal lang naman iyon diba?”

“Listen, baby.” At umupo sa tabi niya si Elsie. “Hindi kita minamadaling magka-boyfriend, unlike your friends na halos sila na ang makipag-blinde date for you. Ang akin lang, you are having the greatest time of your life now. You‟re successful, you have great friends, you have a sexy and hot and perfect mother, you have everything! Except for one.”

“Love life.”

“Sa iyo na mismo nanggaling yan. Well, my point is, don‟t you think this is the right time for you to experience having someone who will be beside you, support you in everything you do, explore the world with you and love you? Because if you‟re thinking I would do that job, you know I can‟t do that perfectly.”

Napabuntong-hininga si Julie. “I know that mom, but….”

“But what?”

“Eh wala namang pumapasa sa mga standards ko eh.”

“Can‟t you just throw those standards away and follow your heart?”

“I‟m not sure if I can do that.”

“oh, I have an idea.” Tumayo si Elsie at may kinuha sa may office niya‟t pagbalik niya‟y inabot niya ang isang card kay Julie. “There. Try that.”

“What‟s this? Sino „to?”

“He‟s a friend of my friend‟s son and according to records, he is a very good one.”

“Very good what?”

“Love guru/ matchmaker.”

“What?!” gulat at natatawang tanong ni Julie. “Mom! Seriously?! Love guru? Matchmaker?!”

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