I don't know why we sisters call our mother Mama not Mommy, and our father Daddy not Papa. What I know is that Mama and Daddy are exact opposites.
Mama is a sociable type. She would always go out and chat with our neighbors. She's very familiar with most of them including their families, their lives and their problems, but she's not tsismosa. She would always attend birthday parties from young to old, weddings, fiestas, christening, lamay, and whatever-occasion-you-could-think-of. Daddy is a reticent type. He would rather read the Inquirer or the book by his favorite author, do crossword puzzles, or watch TV. He's only very talkative when inebriated -- he transforms into a different person and becomes extrovert.
Mama only made it to high school. They're so poor that she stopped going to school to work for the sake of her younger siblings. If given the chance, maybe Mama might be a CPA or even a physician. Daddy finished college with a degree in Business Administration. His being a CPA influenced my other three siblings to take up Accountancy in college.
Mama can't speak English well but you can fully fathom what she's trying to convey because she speaks from the heart. Daddy can converse in English fluently with a Filipino accent.
When it comes to money, Mama informs us daughters how much money she's got in hand. Daddy is very secretive. We don't know how much he has.
When shopping, Mama visits every nook and cranny of the mall. Daddy drops by only to limited places.
Mama doesn't eat beef. She says it's masebo. However, she cooks delicious mechado and beef steak without tasting them. Daddy loves beef, so he cooks nilagang baka every week.
Mama is very religious. Daddy occasionally goes to church.
Mama is a fan of noontime shows, Filipino teleseryes and Korean dramas. Daddy watches basketball, boxing and English movies.
Mama detests dogs. Daddy is very fond of dogs.
To Mama, texting is a difficult task. To Daddy, it is just a breeze. Oftentimes, they argue when Mama misinterprets texts she reads in Daddy's phone.
These are just some of their differences and they do not end here. I think their being opposites is what makes them complement each other.
Mama and Daddy first met at my maternal cousin's baptism. Daddy is Tito Celo's friend and godfather of his daughter, while Mama is my Tita Simeng's younger sister and her daughter's aunt. Daddy got attracted to Mama that time and the rest is history.
Both of their parents were farmers. They're very hardworking like their parents. They raised us five daughters well. None of us has gone astray. They didn't spoil us.
What we've learned from them are selflessness, sacrifice, honesty, hardwork, frugality and loving unconditionally.
We daughters are proud of our parents. We admire both of them and we are such very lucky to have them.
They're not a perfect couple. They have their share of fights over money, jealousy and dogs. But despite being opposites, we know they really love each other.
Happy 35th Wedding Anniversary Mama and Daddy! We love you!