It was an ordinary week day, I decided to go to Bridgestone to visit an old friend and buy new tires (at a good price of course) for my car. I had just graduated from college. I was trying to make the most out of my rest days before taking on my new job in a couple of weeks. I got into the job I really wanted so I was actually looking forward to it. Anyway, I was involved in Sunday school, teaching 3-5 year olds. I had a routine. Everything was in order. I was following the plan I had for myself. Until…. (dundunduuuuun……)
Back to Bridgestone, I saw my friend who was with this guy named Patrick Garcia. Believe me when I say I didn’t know much about him then. People wouldn’t believe me but I knew more about John Prats than Patrick Garcia. Im still young ya know! I was not a Tabing Ilog fan… pwede pa Gimik back then. Haha! Anyway, so we were introduced and while I waited for my new tires, Patrick started talking to me. Ok naman, it wasn’t awkward or anything nor were there sparks. It was a nice-meeting-you, see-you-around kind of thing. When I was about to leave after around an hour or so, they asked about my plans. I don’t know what came into my head but I casually blurted out, “I’m going to Dumaguete for vacation on Thursday morning! Come, it’s a beautiful place!’ Before I could take it back, they both said “Sige, sige sama kami”. And that was it. Numbers were not exchanged. No calls. No texts. Nothing.
At the airport as I waited to board, I saw Patrick again. He told me he was excited to go with me to Dumaguete. He was serious pala! I was so shocked, confused, dumb-founded. I couldn’t believe what was happening. Here was this guy I met just a few days ago and he is going with me to my hometown where I planned to spend quality time with my Dad and his family… for the first time! (Side note: growing up, I didn’t have regular communication with my Dad. It was only when I was in my 20’s that I decided to reach out and get to know him, his wife and my siblings a little more.)
So anyway…. major stress! I mean, how in the world am I going to explain this to my Dad. Why is he alone? Where is our common friend? What the hey-hey? Everyone will think he is my boyfriend! What made it worse was, the minute we landed in Dums, so many people were taking pictures! In less than 5 minutes, I got a call from my Mom. She was so mad. I mean, how can I introduce my “boyfriend” to my Dad first? She no idea I even had a “boyfriend”? Everyone knew who Patrick was and I was the girl with Patrick who cannot explain what in the world transpired. (What was he thinking?!) He was there to hang with me and because I invited him, I had to be with him. AWKWARD.
We had no choice but to get to know each other more. He spent time with me and also bonded with my sisters. He hung out with my Dad and his friends. We attended my sister’s highschool graduation. He was involved. It actually turned out really pleasant. Yes it was crazy weird and awkward but it only added spice to our budding love story.
After our trip to Dumaguete, Patrick always wanted to hang out. He would follow where I was. He wanted to be around me… until we became inseparable!
What impressed me the most with Pat was the fact that he would go where I was even if he didn’t know a single person there. He would stay where I was, try to socialize a little but mostly just be there with me. He just really wanted to spend time with ME. It didn’t matter where or what time. He was always there and I really liked that.
This holds true until today.
God gave me an amazing husband, a fantastic hands-on father to our kids and do I need to mention an incredibly handsome hunk of burning love!
There is not a single day I do not thank God for Pat.
Having him in my life is another prayer answered.