For Lolo.

I feel compelled to write before bed. Yes, I’m tired and not feeling the greatest, but I came across his program tonight. Brought back many memories, happy & sad. ❀️

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I am Bernadette Bonifacio, the granddaughter of the great Hermogenes V. Datu.

I’ll always remember tuning into Jeopardy to watch with you, even if it was for a few days out of the week.

I’ll remember you turning the page as you read the daily newspaper.

I’ll remember your daily walks with Lola around the neighborhood. It was stop and go anytime you saw a baby or toddler with their family.

I’ll remember your consumption of Hershey’s Kisses after a meal. Passing a few over to us just because.

I’ll remember attempting to teach you how to operate a cellphone. You really tried. It made me laugh.

I’ll remember how you wanted to look at every picture from Dad’s camera making sure you had the perfect smile. 😊❀️

I’ll remember the music and how you always loved to dance. Please save me a waltz!

I’ll remember your stories as you grew up in the Philippines.

Lastly, I’ll always remember your laughter, your kindness, your strength, and your bravery to move to a country and start anew.

Thank you for everything, Lolo. I love you.

b