Friday, March 7, 2014

77th

Two years ago, I planned to surprise my mom on her diamond year but it didn't push through since I had problems with my passport. This year, however, I saw to it that I can go back to the Philippines to celebrate her 77th.

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It was a surprise though my father and brother knew it beforehand. We didn't plan for a grand celebration as we are used to simple ones. Besides, all I wanted was to have a photoshoot with her on her special day. The major problem is, however, she is not comfortable posing in front of the camera.

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Hammock 
(to Mama)

You were the hammock ---
when my world was moonless
until pastel-colored stars shone
on me. You swayed me against the threats
of seasons, never tired holding
the weave of love.

I hold onto the weave of love,
won’t be tired to sway you safely
against the threats of seasons.
As ashen stars crowd over you,
until your world be moonless ---
I am your hammock. 

/totomai


She had no choice but to give in to my request. After all, I will be staying for four days only. She was hesitant at first but later on, was kinda enjoying the activity. It was very hot though. My brother prepared all the necessary props for the shoot, except for the frames that I bought here. It was a family effort, a photography-related family bonding! How cool is that?

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I kept on clicking the camera. They, yes, all of them suddenly became my subjects, took turns in giving their best smiles. This is the day I wish would never end. How I loved and enjoyed every second of it. I may be spewing cliches but this is exactly what I felt. I would love to do it again!

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I have been taking photos half-heartedly for the past months. I think this family bonding is the muse I've been waiting for to be back on track.

It was a quick but well-spent vacation. It was short but felt like forever.

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Ma, happy 77th birthday! Palangga ka namon! 

 /totomai
2014/03/07

46 comments:

  1. What a lovely words and beautiful pictures! Happy happy birthday tita! May the Lord continue to bless you with good health, love and so much happiness.

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  2. Lovely photos. This is an awesome gift for moms. I do hope I can do a photoshoot with my parents too. :)

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    1. You should. I never thought they will enjoy despite the hesitation haha

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  3. Absolutely exquisite images n your poem and in the glow of your Mama's face - read your words through a shimmer of tears

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    1. Aww. Thanks PKP... she was having fun but it was too hot haha

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  4. Beautiful memories and the best gift to the best person in the world that is" A Mother"!

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  5. What a wonderful tribute and surprise for your mother. Love the idea to take those pictures. Thank you for sharing your joy.

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    1. My pleasure Bjorn. Poets United is my family now..

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  6. Beautifully written and real heart felt life, great pictures that really make this work.

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  7. Happy Birthday to your Ma...You are truly blessed..May you have many more family photo-shoots to come...how beautifully you've brought out the change of roles in the poem..great lines :)

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    1. How I wish I can convince them again... Thanks Sumana!

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  8. I live in the US and my family are in the UK so I know how precious time spent with family can be. Looks like such a fun photo shoot and memories to last a lifetime.

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    1. Hi Kathryn... you are correct, every vacation day felt more than 24 hrs...

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  9. Oh Totomai what a beautiful family. Im so glad your family had this time together. The Tshirts are classic!
    Thanks for sharing your day and your family with us.

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    1. Hi Moonie - loved the shirts too. Though a bit stressful to plan everything haha

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  10. What a beautiful series of photos, Totomai! A photoshoot was such a good idea. And reading your poem...just lovely... So true how the roles change over the years. First your mom as 'hammock' and then you. May we all have someone to be our hammock as we age!!

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    1. Hi Mary - I guess all of us will have his/her hammock...

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  11. What a beautiful birthday you gave her! Your photos and words are a great tribute to your mother, totomai.

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  12. Your Mum looks like a sweetie...Glad you could get there for her birthday.

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    1. She is rallentanda... always smiling and all that lol...

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  13. this whole piece manifested love .your pictures are lovely. the inclusiveness concept of all members of the family pictorially speaks visually and your words written are soulful and bring a spirituality to this.

    gracias for sharing

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    1. Gracias too Marco! It wasn't easy to plan but I guess we are all happy with the outcome..

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  14. Oh this just touches my heart so deeply, I could weep, Totomai. What a wonderful mama you have and what a wonderful son you are!!!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the photos! Your mama is beautiful. LOVE her holding the balloons. I hate the camera too but am so glad she got into the spirit of things. I love the collage of photos from the past - such treasures - such stories of love are written in those faces. I especially love how she was your hammock when you were small and your promise to be her hammock as she ages. So lovely.

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    1. Oh Sherry - thanks for words.. I will be showing all your words to her :-) She will be happy..

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  15. Such a beautiful post and the Hammock poem so heartfelt. What a treat to visit here.

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    1. Thanks OE... it is one of my fave poems written...

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  16. What a nice celebration! You made a beautiful memory, Totomai ! The poem's very touching, I like how the hammock metaphor moved from mom to you....so true. Great efforts with photos! Thanks for sharing :)x

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    1. Thanks humbird... :-) I will always be her hammock

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  17. I say that's awesome cool, happy birthday to your mom from me also

    Thanks for dropping in at my Sunday Lime

    Much love ...

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  18. your mom is so cute ..... lovely pics ...may her nights are never moonless and you are her hammock forever :) :) wish her a very happy 77th and many mores from me :)

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  19. This is so heart-warming! You're one wonderful guy, Totomai, and you have a great, lovely family.
    and i really love your 'hammock' poem, i think it's fantastic. :)

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    1. Thanks Ds! Just being a mama's boy I think lol

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  20. The pictures are fantastic! Your Mom is beautiful, and looks so young too. Your poem is so touching. I love the idea of a hammock. And now you are that hammock. Just beautiful!

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  21. i love your photos and also the way you used the hammock to describe your relationship with your mom!!!

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  22. Very insightful and great use of imagery.

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