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A Tribute to All Fathers

Written By: Kaloy - Jun• 13•10

“I’m267_e so sorry sir… but your sons would only have 48 hours to live…” the harsh reality of the situation now dawns on to Ricardo “Ric” Nelmida were just moments ago had his wife Annette brought to the hospital for a premature delivery. The doctor’s words were simple but harsh… every syllable seamed to hit home. Time seamed to stop and mixed with both joy and worry. Joy because his wife had delivered twin sons and worry, because they would not even survive the next few hours inside the incubator.

Ric had two choices… He would give up hope and curse the irony of god giving him two sons yet taking them away, or he could pray for a miracle and allow the two boys to come into the world on their own strength! With great effort and determination… Ric chose the later. Giving up one day just to visit and pray at San Jerome Parish in Alabang all for the sake of his kids. Ric found his will to struggle out of that one single day in August of 2000. His boys were saved, however the cost would be the lost of sight for both of them as they would be diagnosed with Retinopathy of Prematurity. Operation after operation, surgery after surgery; Ric went trough them all. All for the sake of giving his boys the gift of sight. All to no avail… Once more he has accepted the faith of him and his boys and started to pray for strength and deliverance from this temporary trial…  On that day, a spark was lit up in Ric’s soul,  w/c later  grew into a flame that would one day become a beacon for others like him, a ray of hope to brave souls that have never seen a single light of day. He served as an eye opener to people with perfect vision though hearts filled with darkness.

That was almost a decade ago… Today, both his boys are 10 years old Joshua and Jerome named after the patron saint of the church that granted Ric his prayers. Together with Annette his wife and there two other children Jonathan, Anrinette and Annette’s nice Christine, spend one fine day at Star City courtesy of a good friend of mine, Rman Nepomoceno author and digital artist of Pinoy Photo Album.

Now your first impression of a family like this would be… most likely a few things

A) How could the dad and the mom stand the hardships of taking care of two blind boys?
B)  Do I give the family leeway because they have a disabled individual in there party?
C) Do I silently applaud them for never giving up?

Choice “A” has the most number of answers and in contrast “C” has the least. This is usually what we think and judge people based on how they looked and behave… I would admit… I chose “A” the first time around, but after a few hours touring the carnival. I realized how determined and resilient the twins have become. They most likely got it from there dad who treats them like any normal kid (with special privileges of course). Both of them go to a regular school, they play with kids the same age as them and they get enjoy life as regular children does. Even go watching TV and movies. This kind of lifestyle is a testament to how Ric loves his family. He is after all the strong arm that guide the boys trough life.

A simple man with simple dreams. A light in perpetual darkness made up of love and hope for his children future. Thank you for opening my eyes Ric.

Happy Father’s Day!

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