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Last February, Ava and I brought Athan to his school to reserve his slot for the coming school year. It was really a good experience for the three of us. As Athan’s parents, Ava and I are really excited to see how Athan would fare in this new environment. For Athan, seeing as he didn’t want to go home that afternoon, I guess it’s safe to say that he’s also revved up to start his schooling.

During the time we were there, Athan met a new playmate; a little girl called Ysabel. She was sweet and kind to him the whole time he was with her. She even stood up for him when another kid was trying to push Athan around. As a boy, Athan plays rough but then, I saw him speak softly to another kid for the first time.

The thing is, most of us yearn for what Athan and Ysabel shared that fateful afternoon. Both of them were given the opportunity to connect with another human being. It was a carefree and innocent encounter which made them enjoy the beauty of life’s simplicity as dictated by either chance or design.

As they grow up, there’s a huge possibility that both of them would forget how they got to know each other that day. Truth is, they probably would never see each other again. Thinking of that eventuality led me to writing this song for them kids. It’s called Kalaro, which means playmate.

Naalala mo ba
Nang una tayong nagkakilala
Walang pangamba
Araw ay kay ganda

‘Di ka ba nabigla
Na isang tulad ko’y iyong nasilayan
Napadpad sa iyong kasaysayan
Nang hindi sinasadya

Ang lahat ng ito’y ‘di ko inaasahan
At ako’y nabighani sa aking kapalaran
Ako ay tinadhanang maranasan ang saglit sa isip mo

Naalala mo ba
Inabot mo sa akin ang iyong palad
Unti-unting ako’y humanga
Sa iyong ganda

Ang lahat ng ito’y ‘di ko inaasahan
At ako’y nabighani sa aking kapalaran
Ako ay tinadhanang maranasan ang saglit sa isip mo

Ako’y natuwa
Na sa munting sandali ika’y nakilala
‘Di ko malimot ang alala
Ng isang saglit na kay saya

P.S. Two months after we went to Athan’s school, Athan found another playmate with the same name. Coincidence?
  1. July 6, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    I love this blogpost. So true. And so sweet.

    And I’m guessing Athan was born during the Twilight boom? Most parents named their daughters Isabel/Ysabel/Isabella/Belle/Bella that year. :p

    • July 7, 2012 at 11:29 PM

      thanks, angel! come to think of it, what you said makes sense. he was indeed born during that time. thanks for pointing that out. all this time, i thought it was destiny! haha

  2. April 1, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Boss, one year na to! Sulat ka na ulit! 😀

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