Day 7: A Visit to “Nanay”

Yesterday, I got to see my 4000-mile trip’s raison d’etre.  “Nanay,” which is how most of my family members refer to the clan matriarch, was still quite lucid when we saw her, but her short-term memory is failing a bit.

Nanay and Me

Me and my soon-to-be 100-year-old maternal grandmother

We had an enjoyable visit.  Her caretakers were on-hand to make sure that she made it from her bedroom and into the dining room so that she can visit with all of us at the same time.  She was reminiscing about my late maternal grandfather (whom we called “Tatay”), telling the story about how they’d met, and how Tatay’s resilience (despite Nanay’s family’s rejection of him) was what led to their union.  She said repeatedly what a good man Tatay was to her.  (Tatay passed away in December of ’07.)  It seems she is missing him lately.

I can’t wait until this Saturday, when Nanay is surrounded by hundreds of her kin.  I believe about 45 of 56 first cousins will be there.  Not to mention all my living aunts and uncles, and countless second and third cousins (many of whom I’m meeting for the first time).

It’s bound to be a great time!


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