S: Memoirs of a Family
BC: MEMOIRS Come and join me in my adventures and experiences with my loving Family. OF A FAMILY
FC: Memoirs of a Family Noel Ingersol Castro I - SDS
1: Memoirs of a Family Noel Ingersol Castro I-SDS
2: Copyright (C)2009 Noel Castro, Batch L Publishing, Inc. Copyright in a work protected under this title vests initially in the author of the work. Reproduction and/or duplication of this Book is punishable by law.
5: Table of Contents The Growing Family 4 The Mischievous Cousins 6 My Emotional Struggle 10 Family Tradition 14
6: Chapter One The Growing Family The Castro Family is a big family. For me, it is the greatest family in the world. No Simpsons can outmatch the fun experiences and happy moments of the family. No Mr. and Mrs. Smith can outmatch my parents' and my elders' bravery and intelligence. For short, each family member is a loving family member. i have four loving grandparents. Unfortunately, half of that number alreay passed away. My father has three siblings and my mother has four. I have nine cousins from my father's side and nine cousins from the mother's side but I am closer to those from the father's side because I get to see them more often and we are almost about the same
7: ages. We also have the same interests: playing badminton, wrestling, singing, and playing various games. The Castro Family This Picture was taken 8 years ago. (Left to Right)First Row: DJ, Lauren, Jamie, Joanne, Ate Trisha, Me. Second Row: Tita Len with Jasmine, Tita Weng, Lola Ela, Tita Nenette with Nelvin, Mama Eda. Third Row: Tito Jim, Ate Dianne, Tito Joni, Kuya Buddy, Tito Tony, Daddy Al. (Lester is carried by his yaya by the door)
8: Chapter Two The Mischievous Cousins When I was 4 years old and I started to recognize my younger cousins, Nelvin and DJ, we were always together in family gatherings and birthday celebrations. We were often running and fooling around. The only things we can't avoid every time, is that we will most likely break something in some corner of the house and we will end up blaming each other for doing the act. This is one reason why they came to build up a rivalry with each other. They would brag and boast to each other, they always want to have what the other has, and in the end, either one of them would already be crying after fighting. It happens all the time so I'm kind of used to it now. Until this
9: day, they still do it and I don't know the reason, but now I know how to use my authority as the oldest in our 'trio' and I try stopping their fights. I'm glad that it's lessened now. There was a time when Nelvin and her older sister, Trisha, spent the night in our house. When we were about to sleep after watching a scary movie, somebody gave off a very foul odor. Everybody was pointing a finger at whoever farted but no one admitted until my father got mad and forced the culprit to admit. That was the time when Trisha, who was then trying to protect her brother, announced that it was Nelvin. Everybody started laughing. In my father's side, we three aren't the only
10: ones who are often naughty. My other cousins, Jamie, Joanne and Trisha, also play with us. And because of that, they've learned our "naughty ways" and they also mess up the things in the house. As for my female cousins, sometimes I don't see them as girls, because they act like boys and they like to play boys' games with us such as wrestling, "Counter Strike", and "Tirador." They were acting so much like boys that oftentimes, we end up quarreling. One time, daddy was downstairs, and he heard noises coming from our bedroom. When he went up, he saw that we were playing with the computer chair. We took turns sitting on it and the others spun the chair so that the one seated gets dizzy and
11: we would laugh. Again, daddy got mad because we might break the chair.
12: Chapter Three My Emotional Struggle One thing that made a very big difference on the way I look at life is my having a special child for a brother. Buddy, who is now seventeen, has borderline autism, meaning he has mild autism and can be functional if given the right intervention. At first, when I was just starting to see his condition, I was found him strange. He was acting differently from the other children I know. Then when I was about seven years old and beginning to have my own ideas and opinions, I could not understand why I had to have a special brother. Why him? Why was he given to our family? Why didn't God just give
13: me a normal brother, just like everyone else? I really felt bad about it. I was even ashamed to tell others that I had a special brother. It's like I wanted him to disappear. Until one day, the kids in the neighborhood were imitating him and making fun of him. I felt embarrassed that I have a weird brother, and mad at him for causing this embarrassment. I complained to my mother, and she explained things to me. We started crying and then I understood. Buddy was created this way for a reason. Kuya Buddy has taught us to be more patient, more understanding, and more compassionate to people like him. God saw that, if Buddy was given to us, he would be well taken cared for because this family that I have is overflowing with love. And even with with his disability, Buddy has brought us joy and hope with his happy disposition, love for music by having a
14: good voice and playing the guitar well, and for being such a funny person. At present, people admire Kuya Buddy because of his outstanding improvement. Since August of 2009, he has been operating the LCD projector of our Parish during mass... by himself. Oftentimes, people are surprised to learn that he is a special child because it does not show. He also developed a special talent of being able to tell what day your birthday will fall on without looking at the calendar, in about five seconds! Now I am thankful that God gave us a special person like Kuya Buddy. If he didn't become my brother in the first place, I think I wouldn't be this patient and sensitive to other persons. Thank you Kuya Buddy and I love you!
15: This is another photo of him taken last May, when we were in Baguio. | This photo of Kuya Buddy was taken on March 25, 2005, his 13th Birthday.
16: Chapter Four Family Tradition One of the things that have bonded our family so closely together is when our family get together. We get to see uncles, aunties, cousins and even extended family members very often. We celebrate birthdays, baptisms, wedding anniversaries, death anniversary of our Lolo Orlando, Visita Iglesia, Easter, summer outing, All Saints' Day, Christmas and New Year. We like the All Saints' Day especially. We go to the cemetery either very late evening of October 31 or very early morning of November 1. As early as 9:00 a.m., our relatives start arriving at our house. We
17: Bring a tent (lately we chose to rent from the cemetery instead because it is so hard to assemble and disassemble it), flowers, candles, cleaning materials for the gravestone, mats, pillows, drinks, food, food, and lots of food! We play games, tell stories, crack jokes, sleep. After about two hours, our bodies and moods begin to drop because of sleepiness. But four to five hours later, our bodies get energized again because of the thought of one thing: breakfast at Chowking!!! Christmas and New Year are also much-loved occasions. We exchange gifts (even simple ones), play games again, sing together and eat whatever gets our fancy.
18: We value bonding time because this is our chance to strengthen our family ties. It has helped us in being molded into loving, caring, and responsible individuals. I know Kuya Buddy has become what he is now: highly fundtional, and socially active and interactive, because our immediate family and close relatives have treated him almost as normal as we could, together with patience, understanding and love.
19: This Family Photo was taken last New Year's Day in the same place where the picture in page 5 was taken. We really grew up so fast, didn't we? | MEMOIRS OF A FAMILY