family reunion, losing my voice and a car airconditioner that does not cool

Family reunions were never a big deal for me since I really could just barely stand spending time and talking with some of my closest blood relatives (mostly on my dad's side)...don't get me wrong, I care about all of them and in fact, a few are my best friends but there is a bunch that I really have nothing in common with and have a totally different value system so that being around them makes reunions a path to sanctification for me ;) But with the death of the two in-laws (all on my mother's side), family get-togethers were the norm for the past two weeks and I found myself going from one relative to another for lunch or dinner. I have not seen some of these relatives for a long time, others arrived from Canada or the U.S. so that even though I was not one to initiate a reunion, it is during occasions like these that I am more conscious of the importance of family ties especially for those of us who are now in our mid-life. Most families lose touch with their cousins as they grow older and eventually as the family grow bigger and settle to live in different places, we no longer know who the next generation are and the possibility of marriage between future generations of relatives is very real. A case in mum was born in Cebu City and raised in Manila by parents whose roots are in Negros Occidental, Kalibo and Guimaras while my dad was born in Manila, raised in Silay City, Negros Occidental by parents whose roots were from Iloilo and Silay. They met in Manila and came home to Silay where they settled. Now you would not think they were related, would you? Well, they are, although several times removed, still, they come from the same ancestor. I only knew about this when I got involved with the making of the Lopez (of the Graciano Lopez Jaena clan) genealogy...that my mum whose mother is a Guingona is actually a grand-niece of my dad because his grand-aunt from the Lopez side married a Jamora who married a there. Of course all these activities plus work = a bacterial infection and so I am suffering from Acute Bronchitis right now and have been absent from work because I lost my voice last Friday....but that did not stop me from joining relatives at home for the final family reunion before my aunt leaves for New York. I am still coughing badly but at least I got my voice back and over-all my day was great except for the fact that the car airconditioning unit also conked out. Yesterday was my Dad's birthday, he would have been 75 so I guess as a way of helping me out, I was able to have the airconditioning fixed by late all's well that ends well! And it's a holiday tomorrow :)


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