Tuesday, November 03, 2009

A Great Man named Sam

November 3, 2009

Photo taken last November 1st

This is my Grandfather "Sam's" Grave. It is adorned with beautiful fresh grapes and apples(Which is unusual than common flower arrangements). He died when I was still 11 years old. Though, all I can remember are good things and memories whenever I think of him. He was truly a very good grandfather for me and also to my cousins as well. He went to the Philippines from his Native China when he was still a teenager. He met my Grandmother and they had 7 children (4 Boys and 3 Girls). We really miss him but we are very sure He's in a better place.

Every November 1, Filipinos flock to their loved once's cemeteries to remember and pray for them. This time also calls for a reunion of all the family members with respect to their deceased loved ones. A very Filipino tradition dating from the Spanish era.

11 comments:

Leif Hagen said...

Welcome back, Steven! A lovely photo of a lovely tradition! We celebrated "All Saint's Day" in our church by ringing a handbell for every church member who died in the last year. We don't have a tradition to go to the cemeteries.

Hilda said...

Grapes and apples? Very unusual, Steven. May I ask why?

There you go disappearing on us again! ;) Just glad to see you post every now and then.

Steven (Cavite DP) said...

Leif - Wow! I think that's a very good celebration as well! Simple but meaningful. At least we get to remember our loved ones and that's what's important! Thanks for welcoming me back!

Hilda - Hello Hilda! I missed posting too! jajajaja Sinusulit ko yung remaining days of the sembreak kasi this will be the last vacation I can get since next semester will be my last jajaja. About the apples and grapes, my brother decided to use it because instead of buying flowers for decoration and fruits for the offerings (Chinese Tradition), We just used fruits so it would be double purpose :)

Misalyn said...

What a lovely offering...grapes and apples adorned your grandfathers haven....a Chinese tradition indeed. Your brother's idea was simply amazing.

valeria said...

Very sweet post, Steven. Welcome back and thank you for visiting. Ciao xxx

Steven (Cavite DP) said...

Misalyn - Thank you so much! That really means a lot! I'm really glad my brother's idea is recieving good feedbacks :D

Valeria - Thank you Valeria! I love visiting your Verona! I hope I can visit it in person someday! Ciao!

JM said...

Hi, Steven!
This is a lovely tribute!
Glad to hear from you again and to know everything is OK with you.
Cheers

Louis la Vache said...

Your post is a fine tribute to your grandfather.

Steven (Cavite DP) said...

JM - and it is so nice to hear from you as well! I've been very very busy because University Graduation is just 84 days ahead. Sooo much requirements but I'm really really doing good! Hope to post another one very soon :D

Louis la Vache - Thanks so much Louis! Merci!!!

JM said...

Hi, Steven! Great to hear from you again! Wish you all the best in your studies and I'm looking forward reading your news about the Graduation in... 82 days! :-)
Cheers

Steven (Cavite DP) said...

JM - WOW! You know the countdown as well!!! Wow! Thank you so much, your comment made my day! jajaja Thanks so much! I am so looking forward for that very day as well! I have been waiting for it since my Freshman Year! jajajaja And now, it is just 80 days left and it makes me so so so excited yet a little afraid as well because I am now leaving studenthood and entering life as an adult. I really really hope I get to so much places and get to know a lot of people like you! God Bless you my friend and hope to hear from you again soon :D

Steven^^