#HAWMC: My Hero

#HAWMC Day 6.

The blogging prompt is to write about my hero, someone I look up to and admire. I’ve many heroes in my life!

When Pope Francis came to Manila, he talked about his devotion to the sleeping St. Joseph. Andrea Tornielli (Vatican Insider) has said –

Tenderness, silence, concealment, avoiding the spotlight and his vocation to protect: these are some of the qualities Francis appreciates in the saint.

These are the same qualities I look up to in my father. Though he keeps to the sidelines, he is a reassuring presence in my life. My schoolmates from grade school, high school, college and even medical school know my father. Why? He brought and fetched me from school every single day! He no longer drives, but now he still accompanies my children to school. I remember how he would scour bookstores for rare books that could help me in my study of biology. He wanted to be a doctor but circumstances in life made him an architect. He was the proudest Papa when I became an internist and endocrinologist. My mother always says he is my biggest fan! I named my second son after my Papa.

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I totally agree with Rudyard Kipling when he said –

God could not be everywhere, and therefore He made mothers.

I’m often asked how with two young children I am able to do many things. How can I hold clinics, teach and pursue my advocacy for social media and healthcare? I’ve got my mother! After her retirement, she has taken care of my kids. She cooks! My children often worry about going hungry, when my mother is not at my house. She nags me to continue my Pilates classes, but more recently she’s been after me to lose weight. When I get too busy, she reminds me to spend more time with family. And always, she asks me to pray. Her faith is unshakeable!

Have you seen Rio 2? Blu says at some point  –

Happy wife … Happy life!

My husband takes that quote seriously even as he often says this when he’s kidding me about something.  I’m so lucky! While I’m all over social media, my husband doesn’t even have Facebook. While I’m often considered a techie for being in health informatics, my husband is not computer savvy. But it all works out – he makes me happy! He keeps me grounded. I would probably be mostly online and lost to the world, if not for him. He supports me and my work even when he doesn’t understand it. 🙂 What do I admire most about him? He has stuck with me, and that’s not easy. Angeline Jolie could have any man in the world but even she says –

Sometimes I think my husband is so amazing that I don’t know why he’s with me. I don’t know whether I’m good enough. But if I make him happy, then I’m everything I want to be.

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It’s been an amazing journey with #HAWMC the past few days. It’s not a coincidence that yesterday, I wrote about ME and today about the persons who have helped me get to where I am.

My last thoughts are with my children. I hope I’m their hero too!

 

 

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