Chapter 36

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Chapter 36
Beloved

"Let's go, let's go! I'll drive." sabi ni Daddy at hindi na namin siya napigilan ni Sean na sumakay sa may driver's seat.

Binaba naman ni Daddy ang salamin at dumirekta ang kaniyang tingin kay Sean.

"Sit on the front passenger seat, Sean." sabi ni Daddy sa kaniya. "Tandaan mo yung mga dadaanan natin. You'll drive on our way home."

Tumango naman si Sean tinulungan munang makasakay si Lyrae sa backseat bago dumiretso Sa unahan. Kasama namin si Warren sa likod ng sasakyan. Nasa gitna naming dalawa si Lyrae.

When we're already settled inside the car, Dad started the engine up and drove smoothly as we get out of the garage.

Nag-aya si Daddy'ng pumunta kami sa Westfield Centre dahil gusto niyang ibili si Lyrae ng bagong damit at sapatos. Hindi na ako umangal sa kagustuhan niyang i-spoil si Lyrae ngayong araw. Susundin ko lahat ng mga huling kahilingan niya at sasamahan ko siya sa mga bagay na gusto niyang gawin.

Dad kept on talking about the famous landmarks here in San Francisco that's worth to visit.

Para kay Daddy ay mas tinuturing niyang tahanan ang San Francisco kaysa sa Pilipinas. Dito kasi sila nagkakilala ni Mommy at dito rin namatay si Mommy nang pinanganak niya ako rito. That's why I'm a dual citizen. My parents are Filipino, while I was born here in San Francisco.

Jus sanguinis, Jus soli.

Pagkarating namin sa Westfield Centre ay sa Abercrombie Kids kami unang pumasok na boutique. He bought Lyrae a two shirts from that brand.

We spent two hours buying things that for me well... aren't that necessary. He also brought Lyrae a few dresses aside from the shirts. Pati si Warren nga ay nagawang ibili ni Daddy ng sapatos and a few shirts para raw may maiuuwi si Warren pagbalik niya ng Pilipinas bukas. He also bought Sean a Rolex watch, running shoes and tee shirts.

"Sandra, what do you want to buy?" tanong sa akin ni Daddy dahil ako nalang ang hindi niya nabibili.

"I'm fine with anything, Dad." sabi ko. "One shirt is already fine with me. Marami pa naman akong damit na hindi nasusuot."

Dad crossed his arms and raised his eyebrows at me like he doesn't want what I answered.

"Come on, Sandra." pilit ni Daddy. "Just name anything you want. I'll buy it for you. This will be the last time I'll go shopping with you."

Napabuntong hininga naman ako at nag-isip nang pwedeng ipabili sa kaniya na masasatisfied siya dahil nagastusan niya ako.

"I want the new Michael Kors digital watch. It's only limited edition and I want it." sabi ko nalang.

Napangiti naman si Daddy at hindi na kami nag-aksaya ng oras. Pumunta kami sa boutique ng Michael Kors. In one swipe of his credit card, he was able to buy me an expensive digital watch.

"Lolo, I want a bracelet!" bigla namang sabi ni Lyrae kay Daddy.

"Lyrae..." I tried to warn her.

She already bought a lot of stuffs. She can buy a bracelet next year. Masiyado na niyang inaabuso ang kabaitan ni Daddy ngayon.

She looked at me and pouted before turning to her grandfather again.

"Huwag na po pala, Lolo..." malungkot na sabi nito.

Tinignan naman ako ni Daddy at nalaglag ang aking panga ng umiling siya sa akin with a disappointed look.

Now, what did I do? Is it wrong to stop my daughter from buying unnecessary things? It's okay if Dad's the one who thought of buying her a bracelet pero kung si Lyrae ang manghihingi at magpapabili ay siyempre, papagalitan ko siya.

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