Where would we be without family? Without family you probably would not be reading this right now. Because family is the way we come into this life. Mothers, Fathers, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and so forth. However this is not about family heritage or the like. Today i would like to reflect back on the first few days that we started our Life in Roxas City.
Now to set the stage our journey began with a grueling forty hour trip. We have taken this trip many times before and it is never easy, bearable but never easy. But due to a scheduling mistake on my part I scheduled our Manila to Roxas City flight with Cebu Pacific, which we normally use, instead of PAL thus adding five hours to our layover in Manila. So you may be wondering what then was the big deal. We were traveling with our thirteen month old son. No bed, swing, car seat basically nothing in his southern comfort zone. Please do not get the wrong idea he was really awesome and good beyond belief all things considered. But I will not bore you with the details of this trip because this is not what this is about.
Imagine flying forty hours with a thirteen month old and eight pieces of luggage and three hand bags, arriving in a far away land with no provisions to care for yourselves or child. This is were family comes to the rescue. My brothers- in- law Abel and Beryl along with my sister- in- law Cynthia in the weeks prior to our arrival secured us a two bedroom flat twenty feet from the Visayan Sea on Panay Island. There will be more on this special place at another time. Then they went about buying and collecting everything we would need to meet our immediate needs upon arrival with our son. Pots and pans, plates and glassed, silverware, knives and spoons, a gas stove to cook on along with the propane supply, a very nice water dispenser along with a weeks worth of drinking water, towels, a high speed internet connection with wifi, a high chair, fans and most of all food.
You may say wow that is a lot and thank you for family and I agree. However that is just the beginning. Our sweet sister- in- law Cynthia then stayed with us an entire week and would not allow us to do anything expect sleep thus adjusting our sleeping schedule and wiping away the jet lag. She cooked and we ate. Three meals a day shopping for fresh foods, cooking and cleaning all the while with a smile on her face.
In addition she took to Reez warmly and Reez took to her wonderfully thus giving us a needed break from holding him constantly as we had on the forty hour journey. Therefore we have all adjusted now, our sleep schedules and diets are on track. We have been able to scoot around town procuring other needed items and tending to business.
So, this is a shout out to our family here on Panay that made our homecoming happy and easy. Thank you and so go Life in Roxas City.