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RIP lola Dec 24, 1911- July 12, 2010



Maria Rosales was such a strong individual is so many ways. She gave birth to 7 children where nowadays people cant handle one. and that comes with 58+ great grand-children. She came to this country to basically raise me and my sister while my parents worked hard. I owe her so much, and there is not enough thank yous to even come close. Raising me was a chore, but she was strong enough to put up with me. She was always telling me what to do, but that's how she was. Telling me to come home early or the gypsys will get me, that she did not see me take a shower, and be careful i might make babies. She would always ask me when am I getting married. I'm sorry she didn't get to see that day. 98 years strong, she really was, up until the last few months, she was up on her feet, doing something. As crook and broke her fingers were, she was still sewing something, or chopping stuff up to cook, even rolling lumpia. She would have dug her own grave if her body hadn't given up on her. That's how strong she is. I love you grandma.

from the last day i saw her, weeks after a stroke

before the stroke, she was rolling aboot


showing her bling


that toothless smile



072410 update
Many people came out to the funeral to show their respects. The mass went as expected, very emotional, filled with nice things said, and loving reminiscing. I too was not able to hold my composure several times. The plans for her remains is to be cremated and transported back to the Philippines to be next to her husband forever. Its a bittersweet honor to say I was the last to see her before cremation for I had to go to the crematory as a witness. As they were about to lift her up out the coffin into the cremation box, I closed my eyes so that my last memories of her is unhandled in the coffin. I will miss you very much grandma.

5 comments:

MercTV said...

basically this is what i would say at her memorial if i were strong enough.

eiaine said...

aww, merc.. she's such a cutie! may she rest in peace. whether you say it or not at her memorial, she knows how much she means to you. and just the same, remember that she loves you very much. i'm sorry for your loss.. but she's in a better place now. i'm sure she still rolling more lumpia up there and waiting for you to eat them. *HUG*

Anonymous said...

missing you so much our loving grandma,.love you frm,jun wanda raihssa,chellsea,jj & cj,.you'll always be in our heart,.hope you will be happy in your nxt life,.may you rest in peace grandma,.

wanda said...

missing you so much our loving grandma,.love you frm,jun wanda raihssa,chellsea,jj & cj,.you'll always be in our heart,.hope you will be happy in your nxt life,.may you rest in peace grandma,

Alanie said...

You are very fortunate to have been inspired by and cared for by your grandma for such a long period in your life. Grandparents carry a wealth of life long experiences that are not always passed along from generation to generation. You didnt let the gypsies get you so you did well in learning from her.

Our earthly little bodies do not last forever, nor does anyone want them to, but our spirits and characteristics live on through the people we are able to affect. Take the positive, learn from the negative, and continue to make grandma proud.