Blessings of a Son


Blessings of a Son
by Danny Tariman

“Those who fear the Lord honor their father, and serve their parents as masters. In word and deed honor your father, that all blessings may come to you.” (Sirach 3:7-8)

It was a 2-week absence for my wife.

After a family travel overseas, she stayed for a couple of weeks with our daughter who is working abroad.

Back in Manila, it was only me and my son at home. We haven’t really been “alone” this long.

I was not at the peak of my strength: both my hands are in pain due to trigger finger. I can’t do the usual chores I do at home. My son would assist me even a simple task of opening a bottled water.

A few days later, I had my left-hand trigger finger surgically released. At this point, the more I wasn’t able to perform much activity with my right hand only, which was also in pain.

At home, I had been almost always together with my wife. And I haven’t really seen both my children do ALL household activities.

But during these times, I am so touched that my son will prepare for me all that I will need for the day until he comes back from work: my breakfast, my lunch, my snacks, and others. He wouldn’t even allow me to menial tasks while my wound was still fresh.

He had shown to be a truly responsible son: taking care of his father, and ensuring that household chores are done. He would wake up early to prepare the food, and upon arrival from office, he would do the unfinished chores, staying late at night.

Thank you, son, you are indeed a blessing! May God’s abundant blessings be upon you.

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