Decided to sleep in Dad's bed last night.  Couldn't rest, so I started poking around.  The room's clean-- but cluttered.  Dad was such a collector.  For some reason, I was drawn to this... laundry basket-- on top of his dresser.  So, I'm staring at it, and I notice this small, three-ringed photo album kinda thing.  Hmm.  I take it out, and begin looking through it:  a passport (?) photo of Dad when he was young, Dad's puppies in the Philippines, Dad with the gold-digger, Dad with Mom.  Then, a folded white sheet, tucked into one of the pages.  I take it out, unfold it, and start to read.  It's a Quit-Claim for our house.

When Vicky and I were stressed out about Dad over this woman in the Philippines, we begged him: just don't marry her.  He reassured us: no matter what happens, I promise you will be okay; I will take care of you.  Even during the first hell-ish days in the Philippines, I believed this.  But I have to admit, after his own brother let us down, and M ignored Dad's written will and had him cremated, then took all of Dad's ashes; and after the funeral home fought with us over obtaining documents relating to Dad... I started to think, There's just no sense in this, whatsoever.  Dad might have tried, but maybe it wasn't enough.

I was wrong!  Dad left Vicky and I as beneficiaries to everything, but I was worried about the house.  Maybe that woman wouldn't ultimately be able to have any part of it; but could she try?  And make life hell (again) for us during some long, drawn-out, expensive dispute?  Well, the answer to that is NO.  Dad made M sign this document, and her mother's signature is on it as witness.  M legally renounced any and all rights to this house-- my mother's house, our family home.  Dad saw to it that she did.  He has been with us.  Lesson-learned:  I am still my parents' daughter, and they are not letting us go through this alone.
11/15/2010 02:02:42 pm

What a relief! He was always thinking of you! Parents can be so mysterious.

11/17/2010 04:08:45 am

I am so glad to here that your home is going to be right where it always should be.

Tita Nita V
11/17/2010 08:44:20 am

Condolence to both of you and family. God is always watching you both, as well as your Mom and Dad. Don't be stressed and you have to move on. That "M" and Uncle P will soon have the so called "Karma". Let us pray for your Dad and Mom. We love you.

11/17/2010 03:45:16 pm

This is such a thoughtful thing to do. Thank you for keeping us updated in such a stressful event in your lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

11/17/2010 05:09:44 pm

Vicky, even though we've drifted apart as our lives have gone on, I've always thought of you as a big sister. You are one of the strongest women I know, and I've always looked up to you and I aspire to be someone like you. I've always known you to never back down when someone might be trying to do you harm. I can't even imagine what you and Evelyn have had to endure this past month or so, but I know that your persistence will pay off. my condolences to you and your sister. Your father is with your mother and they are with God and I know they're proud of their 2 beautiful daughters. We're here for you and we'll continue to pray.
In God's love,

Tita Nita V
11/23/2010 09:31:02 am

Vicky, if you have time please call me home. Apollo's Mom.


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