Sabaldan: Something to reminisce when she grows up to play volleyball

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By Romy Sabaldan

Davao Beat

Monday, December 16, 2013


REMEMBER that caption in this sports column that I wrote four years ago entitled “My sports analyst brings home a volleyball player as a wife”?

This is now the second episode and welcome to the club. Now you know what a dad really is.

The volleyball player is Cherryl Mae Estravo-Sabaldan, who was also former supervising nurse and midwife of Mercy Mission Hospital. The sports analyst is in the photo, John Philip Sabaldan, my youngest son, as is his daughter, Maxine Grace Estravo-Sabaldan, who first saw the light of day in the afternoon of November 29, 2013 at the Brokenshire Hospital, this city.

The young couple had just given us our first grandchild. It took me those four long years to truly internalize that passage about the divine heritage in the Holy Bible.

Imagine if you’re that baby 10, 20 years ago in the sweet and most loving embrace of your proud daddy. The rediscovery in your mother’s scrapbook must bring out that feelings of gratefulness, sweet happiness and joy that only loving and responsible parenthood brings.

Photos like these should encourage children to really honor their parents in their teens and adult years.

That is why if I would have my way I should keep a times-of-your-life spread in the newspaper for newly born babies in the first embrace of their parents and put the title page Bundles of Joy.

Heartbeat: For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. -Psalms 103

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 16, 2013.

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