I was in 2nd year high school when she started teaching in my school. I was a rebel back then, but with good grades. It was 3rd year high school when we first worked together. She was my mentor and I was the student in one of the school clubs. 4th year high school, she became my friend, mentor, sister, 2nd mother and moral compass. She showed me how to look at things in a different way.
I was a rebel back in high school and I would always drink after class almost everyday. I loved to make “tambay” with my “tambay” friends, drinking and smoking cigarettes. Up until she taught me how to be a person with class, manners and wit, and be better than the typical street kid Manileño, in short be better than just a “tambay”. She pushed me to level up. She showed me how to love myself and not to be like everybody else. Everyone knows how close we got to be. Everyone hated it. They didn’t understand why we became such good friends. What they didn’t know was that this was the person who cheered me up whenever I was down and whenever I was in tears, the one who would drink coffee with me whenever I was bored and eat with me whenever, wherever.
The best thing is we jive. We like similar things: shopping, dining out, travel, chit chats and coffee. Also, she knows how to inspire me every time I have problems; may it be academical, personal, or family matters.
Now, I’m studying here in the US and on my second semester trying to get into the medical field. It’s been 7 years that I’ve known her with 5 solid years of friendship yet, I never had the chance to say goodbye to her, my moral compass. To the person who inspires me to do what is right and refrain from doing wrong things life tempts you to do, to the person who tells me mediocrity is never a good idea…
I nominate her because she’s like no other. She’s the epitome of a true mentor. She’s my moral compass. She deserves this. This would be the perfect way to say goodbye.
To Fatima, ’til we meet again. You did a good job! Thank you! I’m so blessed to have you in my life.
P.S. She was my Prom date!