Studying and earning a degree is one of the best ways for children to show their appreciation toward their parents’ hard work. It pays of every penny and every drop of sweat that parents have invested for their children’s future.
However, there are parents who won’t get the chance to physically share the joy of success that their children have achieved and this was the scenario between Dominic Tumaliuan and his father–a heartbreaking story of a Accountancy student who recently passed the board exams two weeks after his father’s death.
Tumaliuan graduated with merit award from the course Bachelor of Science in Accountancy at Cagayan State University in Cagayan, Philippines. His father was able to witness him graduate, but sadly didn’t make it until he officially became a CPA.
Unable to contain his emotions, he wrote and shared an emotional letter addressed to his dad, whom he called his “lost shepherd”.
“Kumusta ka na kaya? May napakagandang balita ang dumating. Na sana kung naantay mo, siguradong magtatatalon ka na naman sa saya at may maikukwento ka na naman sa mga kaibigan at kamag-anak natin.
Natatandaan mo pa ba? Five months ago, pinagraduate niyo nako ni mama ng college. With merit naman ang nakuha kong award sa kursong Accountancy. Tuwang tuwa ka pa nun diba?
“I know that you cannot reply to this anymore but I just want you to know that I’ve made it, Papa. CPA nako Pa, pero wala kana. “
He said that his father was even excited to witness him take his board exam, but as soon as he received the news of his father’s passing, he didn’t know what to feel.
“Ngunit bigla akong napatulala nang ibalita nila saking WALA KA NA. Sinubukan naman daw nila lahat ng makakaya nila just for you to hold on, pero bumitaw ka na raw, Pa.”
Dominic then reminisced his last moment with his dad, which was when he sent him off at the terminal.
“Kung pwede lang sanang takbuhin o liparin ko mula Manila hanggang Cagayan, ginawa ko na Pa. Wala akong ginawa kundi humagulgol sa bus mag isa. Sinasariwa ko pa yung mga huling sandaling nakasama kita. Yung paghatid mo sakin sa terminal papuntang manila, huling hatid mo na pala yun sakin, Pa. Yung pagmiryenda natin sa park nila bunso, huling libre mo na pala yun samin, Pa. Yung soundtrip mong 80’s na paborito mong tugtugin at kantahin sa sasakyan, huling hirit mo na pala yun, Pa. Yung tuwing nagrereview ako, ireremind mo sakin na magpahinga naman ako.
“Pero bat naman ganun, Pa? Diba attend ka pa ng Testimonial Dinner namin? Diba magbabarong ka pa puntang PICC sa oath taking? Pero bat nauna kanang magbarong kesa sakin, Pa?”
In the latter part of his letter, he thanked and apologized to his father and reassured him that they will endure with the help of God.
“Sorry pa. Sorry sa lahat. At Thank you. Thank you sa gift of love and support. Kahit alam kong di mo yun maiparamdam sa nakaugaliang paraan, alam kong kung nabubuhay kapa, siguradong proud na proud ka sakin sa achievements ko.
“Di mo man naantay na matapos ko tong laban na to, sobrang happy ko kasi andito pa sila mama at mga kapatid kong nag uumapaw ang kaligayahan sa pagpasa ko. Wag ka mag-alala, Pa. I got this. We miss you, PAPA. til’ we meet again.
“Alam kong lahat tayo may kanya kanyang problema at napagdaanan sa pag abot ng mga pangarap natin. Broken Relationships, Families, Financial Problems, depressed during the review, pressures at marami pang iba. Pero lahat ng to mapagtatagumpayan natin with His help and we are able to endure.”
An open letter for my lost shepherd:Kumusta ka na kaya? May napakagandang balita ang dumating. Na sana kung naantay…
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