I sent this e-mail to relatives after expeirencing quite a different new year in Bohol:
Happy New Year all!
I hope all is well with you and the family.
We went to Bohol before the new year, on Dec 29. We had planned to come to Tagbilaran for two days and just return to Duamguete on the 31st.
However, we were stranded as the Ocean jet fast ferry ran aground on the 31st.
There was no more ferry to takes us back to Dumaguete on the 31st so we spent the new year in Tagbilaran City .
It has been quite a whale of a difference in celebrating news years day.
The RD home was so unusually empty on new years day.Not too long ago, new year's day was marked with noise and food and gifts and piano and dancing in the RD home.
Children were just running around the house.
There were many people coming and going in the house.
It was a busy sight.
When Daddy was still alive it was their wedding anniversary with Mommy, and after mass at the cathedral there would be beach activities and/or dinner with relatives.
I was able to witness those memorable events.As one who has always spent new years day in the RD home, it has been a heart wrenching experience seeing the home empty of people during the new year.
I experienced an unexplainable emptiness seeing the home itself empty.
I couldn't believe it.
I never imagined it.
On December 31st in the evening, we briefly dropped by the RD home (we were spending the night at Bohol Tropics).The silence in the house was deafening.
December 31st has just gone to extremes. I can't believe a good part of our lives has simply faded away and has left us with only memories.
There is that sad song reverberating in my mind, which is more prophetic rather than romantic: "Some good things never last"
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