Everyone dreams but not everyone remembers it, unless...
Mom came home one morning. I suppose she came from the market as she was carrying her eco bags. The TV was on when she arrived and I just turned it off and watch mom bring out the contents of her bags. In my mind, I was contemplating of whether I ate breakfast or not. Meanwhile, I can't wait for lunch to be served. Mom's cooking is incomparable.
I was about to ask her where the rest of the family are but then I just assumed it's the weekend. They'd probably still asleep. So, I turned the TV on once again while hungrily waiting for mom to finish cooking.
Usually when she's done cooking, she would let me know. I just realized she's already doing another chore. I must have been really into what I was watching. For some reason, I turned the TV off and just focused on mom ironing clothes.
I asked my mom of her plans since it's the weekend. I did not get any answers from her. She just looked at me outright. I then told her that I plan to get a haircut. I even asked her if I should re-dye my hair and whatever is left of my hair dye would be for her and offered to dye her hair after I'm done. After that, I went back to my favorite couch, turned the TV on and wondered why mom is extra quiet.
As I was switching from one channel to the other, I glanced at the area where mom's supposed to be but I didn't see her there.
"Nahirapan ako kanina..." ("I had a hard time earlier...")
The voice came from so near that I felt a gush of air tad my left ear. When I turned around, I was surprised to see that its mom and she strangely looked wishy-washy than usual. I assumed she means she had a hard time earlier in the market or doing the chores. Anyhow, I still asked her where she had a hard time.
"Nahirapan ako sa pag-akyat..." (I had a hard time climbing...") she uttered.
But we don't have a second floor. So I had to probe.
In a ghostly voice she replied...
"Sa hukay, kung saan n'yo ako inilibing. Ang lalim-lalim naman. Nahirapan ako..." (From the pit where you guys buried me. It's too deep. I had a hard time...")
I felt my head swell to its climax.
I realized she has been dead for five years and that I was actually dreaming or was it a nightmare?
And then I woke up, as if someone woke me up. I then checked my phone and grasped that it was actually a weekday and I am one-hour late from work. Still terrified, I rushed to the door and as I opened it, the other door just outside mine almost simultaneously opened as well. It was my sister. We gaze into each other with a shudder and then I uttered,
"Napanaginipan ko si nanay!" ("I dreamt of mom!")
My sister, stunned with what I just said,
"Tinawag ako ni nanay!" (Mom called my name!")
We stared at each other for quite a while.
That morning was Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - Mom's 65th birthday.
Hopefully I can share more stories. Mostly in my dreams. Let me know your thoughts as well. Thanks.