T is For Tatay

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 7 Comments A + a -

What is Tatay?

Tatay is father in Tagalog, my native language
Tagalog was the language I spoke at a young age
Tatay, my father, passed away last Wednesday
It was sudden, we were all shocked that day

Although he was 80, he was never hospitalized
So when he passed away, we were quite surprised
Two days in the hospital, and then he passed
Perhaps his smiles for years were just disguised?

Looking back . . . 

My dear tatay taught me how to add (+)
Also--subtract, multiply, divide--I was bad
He used to get irritated, oh well, too bad
But beneath my pouts, I was so glad

He was spending time with me, no siblings, just me
I craved his attention, I was number three
There was five of us, can't you see?
So it was rare we had time, just for him and me

Now that he is gone
I will miss my Tatay even more


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November 26, 2015 at 6:42:00 AM MST delete

What a lovely entry but ofcourse i am so very sorry for your loss. Hope and wish you find the strengt you need to deal with this. And i think also, you are so blessed by having had such a loving father !!

Have a nice abc-day / -week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

November 26, 2015 at 12:12:00 PM MST delete

Carin I am very sorry for your loss. Your post is a beautiful tribute to your father.
Wil, ABCW Team

November 27, 2015 at 10:00:00 AM MST delete

Very sorry for your loss. My father died in 2000, and it still makes me sad.

November 27, 2015 at 10:19:00 AM MST delete

It is his birthday today. We are still celebrating.


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