Thursday, February 15, 2007

It is not fair

This story is purely a work of fiction. Any similarities between any character herein and actual persons living or dead are purely coincidental.

It is not fair

That you had to wait

This long

In my dreams

I have learned to let you go

In my prayers

May peace surround you

Lorraine studied hard in high school that she had no doubt getting in any university. She chose University of San Diego to pursue her studies in Biology. She loves the campus and the city of San Diego. The city is populated with Filipinos, her own kind. She enjoys being with people who shares the same culture, traditions, and backgrounds as her. During her spare time, she stays at Filipino restaurants, observes Filipino behavior, and listens to Tagalog conversations. Due to the rich flavor of San Diego, she picks UCSD as her Alma matter.

Her friendly personality does not keep her from getting friends. She talks with anyone: man or woman, old or young. She meets many college girls beside her roommate. Many college boys come to her because of her approachable personality.

Her roommate invites her to a seminar in “Genetic Transformation.” Although she is busy with schoolwork, she agrees to go with her. The room is filled with young, ambitious Biology majors who are willing to do whatever it takes to work at the best genetic laboratories. During break time, she meets this young man, Laurence. Laurence goes to UCLA and he is majoring in Molecular Biology. He and Lorraine hit it off right away. They have many things in common. Lorraine is very fond of him; the feelings are mutual.

Laurence is a tall and very gorgeous man. According to her list, one that enumerates all the qualities she is looking for in a man, Laurence fits perfectly.

Laurence is the son of Filipino immigrants in San Jose. He comes from a supportive and encouraging family. He has three brothers and one sister. His family wants him to finish his Bachelor’s Degree and if he wants to pursue a Master’s Degree, his family stands behind his decision. His sister is looking forward to meeting the girl Laurence takes home to meet his family. He has dated many girls but no one stands out to bring home to his mother until he meets Lorraine.

Lorraine is the perfect girl for him. She wants to be a doctor and works hard to get into medical school. She is a second generation Filipino-American born in New Jersey. There is nothing like San Diego for Lorraine. The city is magnificent. The beach and the city within fifteen miles from her house is what struck her. Coffee shops, communities, nightlife, surfers, shopping malls, La Jolla, and Coronado.

Before Laurence met Lorraine, there was Linda. Linda had a romantic relationship with Laurence a year ago. She is a daughter of a pastor. She and Laurence have many things in common including growing up in a church setting. Laurence is also a pastor’s kid. She met Laurence at a Pastor’s Kids Conference held by their denomination every year.

The two adolescents saw each other and made a promise to wait for their love to grow. They want to receive the blessings of their family. They did not want to disappoint anyone and therefore, they prayed about their feelings for each other and allowed the divine guidance of the Lord to lead them to the right path.

A sophomore in Stanford, Linda feels a calling to be a missionary to Africa. She has passion for children living with AIDS. Whenever missionaries from Africa visited their church to encourage congregants to support workers in Africa, she always has a burden to help children and offer hope in the midst of darkness. “Stanford can wait,” she says. Linda takes a leave of absence and embarks on her journey to Africa. She stays in a community built by American missionaries, which attends to seventy children infected with AIDS virus.

Her mission is over after nine months. She comes back to Bay Area to tell her friends about her experience. She has changed into a new person. Spiritually, her faith matures. Mentally, she quickens her ability to solve problems. Physically, she strengthens her immune system. Her stay in Africa affirms her call to be a missionary.

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