Tuesday, August 11, 2009

small on your palms

My sister showed me something that made my heart skip a beat. In her hands was an envelope the size of my thumb and a pop-up letter with the date October 1997 written in tiny letters. It was weird seeing those made-up things in this day, not because of some rubbish I saw but wistfulness.

I made them 12 years ago.

When I was a child I constantly wrote letters longhand to my sister who lived here in Manila. Even if the revolutionary Macintosh was already out in the market, we did not have a computer. Starting at the young age of six onwards, I sent to her what I like as a birthday present, drawings, stories from my neighbor and even juvenile poems in jumbled English. If a plain sheet of paper was not enough, I constructed small paper planes, boats and, like what I recently saw, pop-up cards. I placed them in self-made envelopes and I didn’t even know yet how they reached to my sister. As long as gave one of them to my mother, I felt relieved.

And as man looking back as a child, it amazed me that the most blissful experience I can remember was the day I received a letter from my sister with a little package I wished for her to give. It was a set of glow-in-the-dark stars.

Indeed, love is more significant if you see it closely, feel it like petal on your fingers, or a glow-in-the-dark star. As what Mom Edith Tiempo reminds us with her poem Bonsai, “…life and love are real/ Things you can run and/ Breathless hand over/ To the merest child.”

3 comments:

Knox Galen said...

Awwww. What a sweet, sweet kid!

Anonymous said...

jordie..i don't really know how to call you..but i think jordie is cute..anyway..i'm your blog's number 1 fan...everytime i surf the net..your blog comes first. Very touching..hope u can post here your "juvenile poems"..am sure the're worth reading every single time of my day...Jordie..amping kanunay!

f. jordan said...

@ Knox: Nah. Please don't flatter me. Hehe.

@ Anonymous: Well, thank you very much.