“Dad.. I’m, really very sorry.. alam ko pong hindi ninyo inaasahan iyon.. I’m also sorry for giving you and mom and most especially ate Marielle a very hard time… I’m really really so…
“Please Charlie… “ Humarap sa kin si Daddy.. His voice is cracking? Is he trying hard not to cry?
“I should be the one apologizing…. “
Na-shock ako… It’s the first time I’ve seen him so not in control..
“It’s not too late.. I can get you out of it.. I know na naipit ka lang sa sitwasyon.. at hinayaan ko lang na magkaganon.. “
“No Dad.. you don’t understand.. “ umiling- iling ako.
“I know how it feels to be in your situation.. I’ve been there before and as you can see… It was not a successful marriage…”
I don’t know what to say.. alam ko naman na arrange marriage lang din sila mommy and daddy, prominenteng pamilya din kasi ang lahi nila mommy, and for business puroposes, ipinakasal sila.
“I’m really sorry if I haven’t done anything for you.. you know how much I love you and I want what’s best for you…”
“I know that Dad, you should not blame yourself…”
Umupo sa tabi ko ang daddy ko at inakbayan ako..
“Please Dad… Don’t worry.. hindi naman ako sobrang pinilit na magpakasal kay Zack.”
Silence.. hindi ko na alam kung anong sasabihin ko… then I remembered something…
“Dad,, remember the time when I was 5 years old? Kakatapos lang ng recognition sa school and you took me out and brought me an ice cream.. “
“Yes I remember.. bihira kasi kitang ilabas so I can still remember that.. sa icebergs? “
“Yes, that’s the one..”
“It really seems like yesterday…” He smiled..
“Remember you asked me if I already have a crush?”
“ Hindi mo naman ako sinagot non e.. ngiti ka lang ng ngiti.. tapos attack ng attack sa ice cream, ayaw mong sagutin ang tanong ko.. But I can sense na meron ka na talagang crush non.. “ He said smiling, remembering those treasured memories…
“Do you want to know now kung sino ang crush ko noon?”
“Would you still remember that? You we’re sooo young then..”
“Of course I can still remember him……. “
“Dad……………… He’s the one I’m going to marry……”
Napatingin sa kin ang daddy ko..
“I haven’t told anyone because, you know, we all know that even before ate marielle has a huge crush on him too..so I have to keep it all to myself… saka sila naman talaga ang pi-ne-pair”
Tumango lang ang daddy ko..
“I understand what you’re pointing at.…”
“Dad,, for now, I can’t say that I love him.. but let’s say that I had feelings for him before,, who knows it may rekindle.. so maybe there’s hope, right? I’m doing this not just for the family but for myself too.”
Natahimik ulit si Daddy, nag-iisip…
“Ok. You’re right… maybe your marriage will not be like mine.. you’re a good girl and I can’t find a better man to take care of you than Zachary….pero once na sinaktan ka nya.. mananagot sya sa kin..”
He chuckled… at least he’s kind of relieved..
“But there’s one thing that I really regret… I wish I had spend more time with you.. akala ko kasi since your still young, I still have to t make it up with you.. hindi ko akalain na maaga ka palang mawawalay sa kin… “
Yumakap ako sa kanya.. I feel like a girl again.. remembering those precious moments we’ve spent together.. masyado kasing madalang,, sobrang busy ni Daddy sa work.. so everytime na umuuwi sya,, he see’s to it that we’ll go to amusement parks or just hang around the mall… tumulo ang luha ko..
“Hindi naman ako mawawala. Dad e. I’ll come visit you as much as I can… and I’ll always be your Daddy’s girl.. I love you Dad..”
“I love you too…”
He just held me… remember the times when I turn and he just held me close and let me cry…
After a while…
“Hey,, Iyan ba ang mag-aasawa na.. cry baby pa…” Pinunasan nya ang mga luha ko…
“Dad naman e.. moment ko na to e…”
“Just remember that I’ll always be here for you.. pagpasensyahan mo na ang mommy ate ate mo…”
“Ako nga ang dapat na humingi ng pasensya sa kanila… nasaktan ko sila”