What a beautiful way to end a hectic Saturday…
As we entered the crowded hall, I heard Waray poetry being performed (not just recited)…and to my weary mind, it was a balm. I felt so glad I could be there to witness such eloquence and wit; it was Waray poetry on stage. Waray language in action!
On one side of the hall were the VIP’s and on the other side sat the the three most honored persons of the night, the Waray poets laureate of the Pasidungog Eduardo Makabenta, Sr. para han Siday 2012. The three winners whose poems were being performed. I know one of them, Jhonil, whom I met in the 8th Lamiraw Workshop in Calbayog last year.
How glad I was to be there! I was not an honoree, neither was I a guest. I was just an unknown face in the audience but in my heart I was celebrating.
You see, it’s a Saturday.
My husband was in Manila so I had to be in charge of everything in the family: meals, laundry, cleaning the house, changing bed sheets and pillow cases…not to mention the many other things mothers do on a Saturday being a mother’s day which for me includes nail cutting and ear cleaning. That is a weekend schedule for my kids.
Seeing to it that my children are in school and at home on time is the task of my husband but since he was away I had to take charge of that, too. My son had rehearsals in school the whole day and then a scheduled badminton game at Badminton Republic in the evening. I was glad to note my daughter would just stay at home and do her own laundry.
Then there’s this workshop for the graduate students in school at 1 p.m. Lacking sleep and puffing, I arrived at the venue just in time for the first part of the opening program. I was actually late for it.
Fast forward to 6 pm, graduate school workshop over! Two of our school paper writers came to pick me up for our date with Eduardo Makabenta, Sr.
I was not sure I could go, it would depend on how long my son’s game would last. I had to fetch him from the Badminton Republic yet… He texted me I had an hour to spare for the game would not be over till 8 pm. One hour to spare! Was I glad? You bet!