In 2014, my mom lost two of her comadres, Auntie Nena (her best friend) and Auntie Itay (her longtime comadre). On our last visit with Auntie Itay, her daughter encouraged mom to speak to her in Ilocano, their native dialect. Mom did, and as she spoke, auntie opened her eyes and mouthed some words. And then my mom sang to her in Ilocano.
As she sang to her friend, she stroked her forehead and her hair. I knew auntie could hear her, because she was moving her feet. I felt so grateful to be present for this touching moment, to witness this gift of love, to appreciate this simple act of kindness ️ #FBF #missyoumom #comadres #ilocano #actsofkindness #bekind #giftsoflove #love #savefamilyphotos #shotoniphone - 16 hours ago