It started in the early 1990s when my mom worked as a cashier, in the famous two-storey Republic Shoppers Mart in Pagadian City before, where food and snacks, recommended drugs, clothing and footwear and cinema were available.
Once, my dad (the leader) and his colleagues (gang-like) were at the snacks center where my mom was assigned to manage in the counter. At the age of 24 with one daughter, she was as white as snow, ‘chinita’ with long black silky hair and a cute charming lady whom my dad was attracted to when he saw her for the first time. So when a waitress asked his group for their orders, he asked the waitress a favor to extend his ‘hello’ to my mom.
At that time, my dad was gangster-like high school teacher with round eyes and a slightly stout man with an average height. So my mom hidingly looked at him from a slit, not knowing my dad knew she was looking.
Days later, they started dating. At that time, my mom was still in a relationship, but because they were complicated, she dated my dad. We all know that before, gadgets were not a necessity and technology wasn’t that much introduced to such places. So they weren’t texting nor skyping; instead, they went out to places here and there, but my mom didn’t really try to ride on my dad’s motorcycle for she was afraid he might have brought her to such horrible place.
They continued dating until such time that my dad was hurt when my mom did not go to their meeting place. Her reason was her complicated boyfriend was there and she didn’t want him to know she was dating another. And that ended it all.
My dad never came back to that mart. He said, all efforts were wasted and he was serious that time. He avoided her as much he could for a year, until he moved on and forgot everything–saying it’s alright, she’s not the only woman in the world–that he came back to that mart not thinking he had a past there.
When she saw him, she called his attention and tried to apologize to him. Yes, he forgave her. He said he had already forgiven her long time ago, so she had nothing to worry about. She even asked her if she would like to start all over again, but that time, he wasn’t that serious like before. But they fell in love with each other, seriously this time.
In the year 1994, they were married and a year after my mom gave birth to my older sister. Temptations, problems, challenges and tests were there but fortunately, they were able to conquer all of them. And then three years later, a beautiful baby was born and please know that it was me. Last year, they were already 20 years married and they are still counting.