Everyday I Thank You (For Mariel)

Mariel knew my love for jazz music. But there’s a special reason why I had wanted to play this tune for her by Pat Metheny and Michael Brecker. You see, more than ever I’m convinced by this day’s events that Mariel continues to look after me even from afar. I just can’t tell you details that are maybe too personal or even unimportant to most of you. But I guess I just needed to share this with you now, especially with my dear blogger friends, Shadowlands and Linda of mysteryoriley. That however painful the loss we’ve had with our loved ones, we must know that they still “hear” us and that they are still deeply interested in our happiness. Don’t take my word for it. Just close your eyes and listen with your heart.

Thank you Mariel. Thank you for your caring. Thank you for always being there for Sam and me. There are really no words to express my gratitude to you today and every day, for your love… in life and beyond. So I offer you this wordless tribute tonight, as only both our souls can understand.

I love you Mommy.

13 thoughts on “Everyday I Thank You (For Mariel)

  1. Aaaaah, Bong – we share a love of jazz too. I had no idea. I love this youtube clip – music for the soul. Quite beautiful.

    I am so glad that you and Mariel can “hear” each other.

  2. I know Jan from reading some of your previous posts that we do share a love for jazz. It’s music for the soul and it’s music too that has helped me through. Especially as I’ve tried to play it for more than half of my life now. Not really any better, but still, it’s the journey that makes it all worthwhile. I know you understand.

    Keep the music in you. Take care and all the best.

  3. I’m sure she is helping you still. Thanks for sharing what you can.

    Sorry not to have been by in a while. I’ve been out of the country and unable to check other people’s blogs for about three weeks. Good to be back and check in though.

  4. Dear Mana,

    I never really knew what love meant till Mariel came into my life. The problem was I had often take this love for granted, thinking perhaps that we had after all a lifetime ahead of us. Now of course I know better.

    That’s why I will go through the ends of the earth preaching what an extraordinarily loving person my wife Mariel was. Regrets? Maybe. A Gift of Love? Certainly.

    Take care my friend,


  5. Hi Writinggb. I too have been away for these past three weeks on work. Work that has taken me away from Mariel’s Garden. In fact, I’m still out there and missing Sam very badly. But I know this is what Mariel wants me to do for now. To provide for the best future we can manage for our daughter. And I humbly accept this “duty”.

    Take care too in your many travels. God bless you.

  6. doris maclaren

    Hello Bong,
    We do what we have to do for those we love. Work, especially, takes us away from doing what we love to do most-loaf around! Sorry I missed you in Manila. By the time you read this, I will have been back to Canada. I had a good time with our friends…it would have been more fun with you.
    Take care my friend. When you spend time with Sam, make sure you spend time with her.
    Best regards,

  7. Hi Doris,

    Yes work does get in the way sometimes. But I know I have to do it for Sam. She is all I’ve got now and will do everything to make sure she gets the greatest odds at a good future.

    Really sorry to have missed your latest Manila trip. Nevertheless, I know I’ll see you at the garden or for sure in your next homecoming. Take care my dear friend and send my love to the family.

    Warm regards,


  8. HI Elaine,

    Yes only the physical bonds are lost. Their love helps us in more ways than we can imagine. Thank you again for visiting and my best wishes on your beautiful Clematis.

    Take care,


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