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I am now at the prime of my life and have been married for the past 25 years. Sickly at times, but wants to see the elixir vita, so that I will be able to see my grandchildren from my two boys.

Sunday, March 05, 2006


Dear Auntie Patti Koh,

I am off from work today, and it is so heavenly. I have never been off on a weekend, it is always on the weekdays.

When I woke up this morning at 12noon., the snow has been falling during the early morning hours. Even if it is my day off, I still wake up at same the time. I guess my body clock is used to it, since I work from 5:30 pm to 3:00 am. Gets home at around 4:00am and by the time I get to sleep, it is already 5:00am.

Before I retire and have fallen asleep, the snow have started falling more than I was expecting. I was not expecting any more snow, since spring time is already around the corner. But when I saw the white stuff covering the roof of my neighbor's houses, as I look from my window, my house is higher than the rest of the houses in the neighborhood. My house is an old house, 73 years old to be exact. The driveway was also covered with snow, around four inches and the back and front door likewise is also covered with snow, and I have not salted and shovelled the snow. I am so tired, and I have to wait for some more time, in case there will be more snow to fall.

When I walked thru the guest room of my house, I heard somebody crying from inside. I dare not open the door, cuz this is a female friend of my wife, who is our house guest who just arrived from the Philippines four days ago. She will be with us, so said my wife, until she could find a care giver job.I will not be knocking at the door and will be asking what's bothering her.

I told my wife about it, and asked her to go upstairs and check on Irma (not the true name) and see what is bothering or if there is something amiss. My wife went upstairs and knock gently at the door of the room. Then my wife came down, with a smile in her face and was followed by Irma.

Pero Auntie Patti Koh --- I did not do anything. She was crying and was telling my wife that we cannot get out of the house anymore and we will be virtually a prisoner. She was scared of the snow that has covered the house, the front door and the back door of the house, not to mention the drive way. I told her it will melt and I will shovel it and snow blow the driverway and spread some salt. She told me that the salt in the kitchen that we have will not be enough.

I wanted to knock her head, and convert her into a snow woman at my front yard. I told her, there is a special salt that is used to melt the snow, and I showed her the truck that was passing by the front house, at the street, shoveling the snow and spreading the salt. I told her, that was the salt that I will be using, not the Morton Iodized Salt.

Pauwiin ko na ba?


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