If you have been following local news, you probably learned about the demolition that took place last Thursday in the North Triangle area of Quezon City. It was a quite violent sight; leaving a number of people wounded, causing damages and, as what MMDA never expected, heavy traffic. What happened made it to the headline on both ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol and GMA 7’s 24 Oras that evening.
I won’t hesitate to admit that yes, we are part of the already grown community in that district, and yes we are one of those what the news coined “informal settlers”. For years, we have all been dreading for the inevitable to happen. And finally last Thursday, it did. As for me and my family, we have rested our case. We have been sheltered quite well for seventeen long years; and that alone was a big help to us. What’s making me sad, however, is the leaving part. Seventeen years IS seventeen years. We settled here when I was in Grade 6, my twins brothers were born here and this is where they spent their childhood. We created a happy home for almost two decades, with so much loving memories with it. For me, that’s such a painful thought to ponder on.
But that’s how life is; everything has to change, and it has to move on. Since the incident happened, each day, our stuff were being sent to the new house we’re moving in to. And each day, my heart grows heavier and heavier. Seeing our house now without the sala set, the cabinet-and-tv-less rooms, book shelves and even wall clocks are gone; it felt empty. This place used to be my playground, it used to be our haven of fun, laughter, and great camaraderie. I seriously feel like crying each day. It would be difficult to leave but it has to happen. Thinking back with all these years spent here in this place, and with all the wonderful people we got to know, it’s comforting to realize that we will be leaving with great memories and a thankful heart.
On a lighter note, my family and I will be looking forward to new things in the coming weeks. New house, new life, new place, new neighbors, and for me, a new job. Yes, I will be having a new job as well and I can’t help but be positive about these changes coming. I guess starting anew isn’t so bad after all. 🙂