I am blessed! I can say that with confidence because of too many things that affirm that statement. I have very young friends who, despite my age, are willing to do things with me. I am about to retire from work which I could not call work because I enjoy doing it. It seems so effortless now. It should be. I have been working for the same institution for thirty years and I think I already know the ropes. There is no position that I cannot handle, I think. I can go back to the classroom anytime. I had been thinking about it. The only thing that keeps me from resigning from my post is that I like the free time. I do things my own way. I don't keep schedules. I hate doing that.
I am blessed because I work in a school where there are lots of young people. Teachers and students alike are very young and somehow, their enthusiasm, vigor, energy rubs on me. It is truly invigorating being with young people. And so, I have deferred going with people my age. I shall reserve that for retirement. In the meantime that I can be with the young generation, and as long as I am tolerated, I shall try to be with them all the time.
My life has been ironical. When I was a teen ager, I wanted to be an adult so fast that I mixed up with older men and women. I was in high school and I hang out with those who were already in college. Now, it is the reverse. I am the oldest in any group I hang out with. Short of saying I cannot be with my own tribe. But what can I do? I only do things I truly enjoy. I don't give a rat's ass what other people think. I do not let anyone dictate who I shall go out with, what I should be wearing or what I shall be doing. But my age is gaining on me, way too fast. When I started working here in school, my younger friends would call me Kuya Rolly, an older brother. Later, it would be Tito Rolly, uncle. Today, my young female friends call me Sir Rolly or those who are very close Tatay, father! I don't think I would stay and wait till someone calls me Lolo, grandpa.
Last night, I attended a concert by a group called Up Dharma Down. As expected, the place was teeming with young people. I can't help myself feeling old. I was once these teen agers, dancing and jumping and shouting at concerts. What fun! Anybody who has not experienced that has missed out on a lot of things.
Lastly, I am blessed with a very understanding wife and four very responsible children. I think we raised them well. Me and my wife really make a good team. Well, basically my wife. She is the more responsible between the two of us. She is more determined and has more focus. Anyway, our children, now that they are all grown up and has entered the adult world, have shown signs of good parenting. They know how to share, help one another and are really very close. The other week, I decided that I am going to take my wife out on a date. It is something we seldomly do. Anyway, when Mickey learned about it, he decided on something which surprised me! He was already having dinner when I announced I was going to pick up his mom. (The other children were still out). He asked me to wait then went upstairs. Then gave me 2 grand and said, "Here, spend this for your date!" I told him I had money and just save it for the family when he decides to give a treat. But he insisted. Now that made me feel really good. All of my children have been sharing their blessings with the family. No exceptions. I so love them all. What more can one ask for? I am truly blessed!