Do you keep notes? I do. Not everything, but those that touch my heart.
Many years ago when letter-writing was part of life, I actually accumulated one balikbayan box full of letters.
But when Jeroen and I moved from Greenhills to Pasig, I decided to just throw everything out, no regrets.
Very recently I found a note my friend Penny had written to me on my birthday, only six weeks before she died.
“I should keep start keeping notes and cards,” my friend Patrice said regretfully. “I never do.”
I love giving gifts. And because I do, the gifts always come back.
This week alone I received so many. My sister once again designed the notebook for Taguig, given for free to Taguig students under Mayor Lani Cayetano’s incentive.
This was Ana’s design in 2013
And in 2015—this year Ana included my sons—Ben, Markus and Christian—among the characters. (Markus and Ben are on the upper right corner, first and second rows)
She always leaves the cutest notes
My neighbor and makeup artist Apple Faraon brought me a rosary from Jerusalem and a special cloth from Medjugorje. I love them.
When I was in Tokyo last April, Sayoko, Patrice and I walked into an art gallery in Omotesando.
I was charmed by a small painting by Yuka Osada, which hangs in my office today. I love finding art from trips abroad.
I was really surprised to receive a letter from Yuka, since I didn’t even meet her when I purchased it.
Yuka sent a postcard of the painting and a letter
What beautiful handwriting!
I wish my sister Ana could meet her
My heart nearly burst when I received a box of chocolate and note from Ralph Relucio, the boy who survived a freak accident earlier this year in a school/camping activity.
This note also belongs to Penny and Patrice and all the donors who contributed to Ralph (the chocolate is mine though, hehe)
Do you keep notes? I do.
Some of my favorite notes are stuck on the inside of my desk cabinet—mostly from my kids.
But one note popped out as I was looking at them tonight. It was from Penny.
It means the world to me.