"a caterpillar doesn't just grow into a butterfly. a caterpillar must undergo metamorphosis, and a cocoon is where a caterpillar risks it all: enters total chaos, undergoes total rebuilding, and is born to a new way of living. only in taking the risk of entering that inert cocoon can the caterpillar go from dormancy to potency, from ugliness to beauty."

Monday, March 23, 2009

lolo gary

lolo gary lived strong and healthy enough to have ten children. he sent all ten to college through honest-to-goodness hardwork (read: hands-on farming and fishing) and God's grace. all ten learned his way of life, earned their respective degrees, got married, and reared kids.

lolo gary lived long enough to see the kids of his four sons and six daughters grow up. he met 31 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

he left all ten, thirty, fifteen, and who-else-knows-how-many a legacy of inspiration.

there is so much to tell about my lolo gary and how he triumphed in life despite the circumstances. from now on, i shall take time to pause from life's hustle-bustle and weave the words into one family tapestry. if i do remain diligent enough, i'll have enough material by year-end and i'll be able to come up with that book i've dreamt of writing.

until recently, i didn't realize that the elusive story i've been waiting for has long been there for me.

family tree done by my younger sisters and my cousin

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