[Mommy/Lola NORMA would have celebrated her NINETY-FIFTH (95th) birthday  if she  were  still with us  today, August 5. During her life here on earth, Mommy/Lola NORMA would painstakingly take good care of us when we were ill, especially during our  infant  and  toddler years,  up  to  and  until our adolescence. Her usual health tip, when you would feel as though you are in the verge of catching the FLU was simple:  quaff  a  hot  soup  and  wrap  yourself  inside  a  warm blanket and after producing much sweat,you would by then feel CURED and AT EASE with no more PAIN.]



Mommy/Lola NORMA would have been NINETY-FIVE TODAY…

As it is Mommy/Lola NORMA’s birthday, this WONDROUS WEDNESDAY;

She would still have been so continuously caring for all of US – –

‘Tis her maternal nature, as if one among got sick, she’d surely go NONPLUS!


Sometime in the early 50s, when I and my brother WILLIAM grew unsightly BOILS…

Mommy/Lola NORMA kept us both attended with her daily nursing TOILS;

But it did seem that our ailment was some kind of SUPERNATURAL- –

‘Twas said that its source was occult and the cure should be PARANORMAL!


Beside our cozy CEMBO home then, was an earth mound like a miniature HILL…

And we’d joyfully play around it, like jovial JACK and JILL;

Might have done a leak that may have irked the SPIRITS – –

And thereafter the BOILS appeared on our skin in an unending SPURTS!



And that was the first time, I saw some kind of a mystic OFFERING…

With lit candles and plates of food that were proffered after its COOKING amidst, SINGING and PRAYING;

And days thereafter, the BOILS vanished as though wiped with a fresh TOWEL – –

Our skin got restored to its former glow and sheen as though a polished JEWEL!

warning sign concept
warning sign concept

There was a time too when a localized FLU EPIDEMIC caught up with us ALL…

‘Twas in the late 50s,  as we’ve already relocated from a room at Tia AIDA’s nice and happy HOVEL;

Our 19th Avenue home then was actually a mere two- room AFFAIR – –

And the ground floor was constructed and got turned into some kind of a leisure LAIR!


At ground floor, there were no doors that protected us, as BURGLARS were NOT then a FAD…

The place was just a resting venue, with straw mats and a sleeping PAD;

Only the upper floor, with staircase leading to a door, which could be LOCKED- –

But the ground floor lair, though with “sawali” walls as partition, is totally UNBLOCKED!

‘Twas only FIVE of us then; myself, William, Winston, Wilson and WILBERT…

With Daddy/Lolo Max and Mommy/Lola Norma,  our fight with the FLU was WON, though we got a bit WITHERED;

As Mommy/Lola Norma did the NURSING, Daddy/Lolo Max did the COOKING – –

And as lighting then was not much FINE, the cooked food went into some instance of SPILLING!



At that time when the FLU’s pains and hurts were at its APEX…

‘Twas decided that we rest and sleep at the LAIR, as it was BEST;

The house kitchen then was actually downstairs, and for CONVENIENCE – –

Food would all be near to us, as we are all then,  PATIENTS!

Once again, me and my co-duo William contracted an acute case of MALARIA…

‘Twas, because we went to a summer vacation in far-flung and forested NAGCARLAN, LAGUNA;

We both went into frightening and chilling FITS and unsettling high FEVER – –

Mommy/Lola Norma’s caring then was  not enough as we went into some bouts of fearful SEIZURE!


And so, we were confined at the  V. LUNA GENERAL HOSPITAL…

And Mommy/Lola Norma would visit us daily, ‘cos malaria was then deemed as FATAL;

By the grace of ALMIGHTY GOD, and the painful shots of QUININE – –

It cured us both, for if not indeed, we could have gone ASININE!


It was too painful indeed, the QUININE injection SHOTS…

It has to be made intramuscular, thus the injections were done on the BUTTOCKS;

The injectable solution was so thick; so VISCOUS and so TREACLY- –

The injecter must massage the injection point afterwards,  to melt and liquify the solution SLOWLY!


Those were Mommy/Lola Norma’s CARING MOMENTS…

She was passionate and strong and she won’t go into PRETENSE;

If you’re feeling ill, just follow Mommy/Lola Norma’s apt ADVICE – –

Hot soup, hours enwrapped in a warm blanket, to stave off FEVER till you sweat; a health tip that truly CURES and wipes out the CRIES!



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