Let me tell you about a wonderful man named Bill.
He is quite the accomplished cook who could whip up a full course breakfast in bed in a matter of minutes. He fries the most perfect fried chicken (moist in the inside and crispy, golden brown on the outside) and even whips up a darn-good homemade spaghetti sauce. He fixes the best taco burrito I've ever tasted (just ask my sister whose eyes bugged out when she first bit into one of Bill's homemade burrito). His burritos have become a family favorite in my clan. And don't get me started with his barbequed ribs and chicken.
He loves being a teacher and relishes his role as a mentor of kids. He is always proud to see kids who have grown-up studying with him, speak with good conversational Englih skills. He just doesn't teach his students, he actually cares about their educational growth and well-being. And his kids sure loves him back. :)
He loves being Santa Claus after being asked to play father Christmas to the opening of one of Manila's premier malls (Powerplant Mall). This is one role he takes seriously. When we were still based in the Philippines, Bill would dress up as Santa and go to the hospitals on Christmas Day to greet the sick kids confined there. I would never forget one patient, a tiny girl in ICU whose last visitor in her life was Santa Claus. She died several days later after that fateful Christmas morning. My mother thinks there is only one perfect guy to dress up as Santa and that would be Bill.
He loves to crack jokes and make people laugh. If you ever meet him, ask him to do his Jabba the Hut impression. It will make you jaw drop and also make you laugh yourself silly. He can liven up a party with his "silly" magic tricks and he never fails to wow the crowd. Hey, he was a very good commercial actor way back then in Manila.
Did I mention that he is a very caring father? He dotes on our boys with all his heart and never fails to spend time with them no matter how busy he is. He fixes toys, downloads their favorite TV shows, kisses their tears away when they have a booboo and a host of other father stuff.Not like most men, he wears his heart on his sleeve when it comes to showing his emotions for our boys. He breaks down and cries when he sees Billy and Jai get sick, hurt or when he misses them (like Jai being far away now). He's a great dad, a loving father and a wonderful husband.
And today is his birthday, Happy Birthday Bill, Mindful, Mahal and my Other Half. I am lucky to have found you.