Mark, Es-em and I were in the car on our way to church. Es-em, Kulet to me, started talking.
Kulet: Ate, may ikikwento ako sayo
Me: Ano yun?
Kulet: Nung isang araw, nung wala ka, nagpunta kaming San La, eh bumili si mama ng magazine sa booksale. So dumaan kami dun. Mayamaya humihingi ng pera si papa.
Me: Sabi ko kay mama lagyan nya ng pera yung wallet ni papa para hindi nya kailangan manghingi. Aanhin nya daw yung pera?
Kulet: Bibili daw syang Archie comics. Iuuwi nya daw sayo. Gusto mo daw kasi yun.
He still have days like that. Eversince he had his stroke, he still have days when he lives in the past. I last held an Archie comic book, a childhood addiction, when I was 12. Twelve years later, I find two thin back-issue Archie digest magazines, tucked inside my work bag, the one he knows I take to the office.
I'm crying a river right now. I couldn't ask for more.