My oldest nephew, Kenneth Rey graduated from high school this morning. How time flies! As I see him march for graduation, I can't help myself but reminisce the past. I remember my late sister had a hard time when she was conceiving him being her first baby. She was always having a throw-up and when the doctor prescribed her medicine for it, she was always feeling sleepy. When my sis gave birth to him more than 16 years ago via caesarian section in Baguio Medical Center, he was born premature. My heart goes out to him when I saw him as the tiniest baby in the hospital's nursery. He had oxygen hose in his nose and they had to put him in the incubator for a few days before he was released from the hospital. My sister was released a few days ahead of him.
My sister asked me to go with her in the hospital on the day they released Kenneth to take him home. I was the one who carried him because my sister's operation was not yet healed. Kenneth was so light and tiny. I remember, my sis told me that when her baby was sleeping, she had to watch him closely if he was still breathing. She was afraid her baby will not make it because of his condition. But the Lord watched over Kenneth and he grew up to be a fine and intelligent boy. His younger brother Mark Wendell and him are very close to each other. It's a sad thing that they lost their mom at a very young age, when Kenneth was in first year high school and Mark was in the 6th grade. It was my sister's wish to see Kenneth graduate from high school but the Lord saw it fit to call her home ahead.
On Kenneth's graduation, I really took time to attend and see him march for graduation. I want to show my love for him by being there and rejoice with him for his achievements. His loving dad, step-mom, younger brother and his grandpa, aunt and cousin came all the way from Baguio to see him graduate and receive his diploma. He graduated as top 5 in his graduating class and was awarded Best in Science, Gifted Guitarist and Most Cooperative student. He was also given the highest Loyalty Award being the first student who studied in their school from Kindergarten until he graduated from high school. I was so proud of him. I know my sister is very happy in heaven to see her son graduate from high school and go to the next level of his life. Next semester, Kenneth will be enrolling in Saint Louis University in Baguio to pursue his dream to become a computer engineer. It's my prayer that God will guide and direct Kenneth as he get his degree and become successful in life. I pray also that he will continue serving God and put Him first in everything he do.
This is my other nephew, Mark Wendell Aquino. He was the flag bearer during graduation. Next year he will graduate from high school too.
There was a simple celebration prepared after Kenneth's graduation. Kenneth's teachers and principal were invited for supper and some close family members. A goat was butchered and Ken's dad did the cooking. I was so amazed how one goat had fed a tribe!