Abandoned Rocking Chair


I once knew an old man. He was about 96 years old when we first met. Having spent all his life in the construction business, he was a strong and healthy man for his age. I admired the man for reaching that age and for having accomplished a lot in his life. But years later he got sick as everybody does. The last time I talked to him, I asked how he was doing. And he answered me in Tagalog, “Heto, buhay pa” meaning, “Here I am, I’m still alive.” I thought that was an amusing answer coming from him but that was the last time I talked to him. He passed away already a few years ago. But I do remember him from time to time because of an abandoned rocking chair. What is left now is just the metal frame of a rocking chair once owned by a man I once knew and learned to admire and respect.

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One Reply to “Abandoned Rocking Chair”

  1. Lahat tayo dumadaan lang sa mundong ito. Yung iba akala nila forever sila sa mundong ito. Kung makagawa ng kasamaan, wagas. Which reminds me of what I read recently.

    “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you. – Buddhist Saying”

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