Ariel James Matela (Sept. 10, 1982-Sept. 8, 2011). Fellow blogger, co-Fabcaster, dear friend. Good night, fierce prince. And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.
From one of his last blog entries: I want to bathe in the rain. I want to play. I want to feel the strong (this one’s very strong) shower. I wan’t to feel like a child again. I can’t remember the last time I bathed in the rain. I don’t know why, but I just stopped. Perhaps the last time was during typhoon Milenyo several years ago. I didn’t only bathe in the rain, I also walked on a flooded street just to get home from work. It wasn’t child’s play, rather it was a quest for survival.
I can easily go out now and bathe and play in the rain. I want to. And I don’t want to. I really don’t know. Something inside me is telling me that I must not. But something is also telling me that I must. I must relive my younger days when I boldly played under the rain – running around, jumping, screaming and playing – without regard for whether I’d fall and bruise myself or get bloodied in the process. I want to experience that again.
Now you'll have all the puddles to play in, my friend. Enjoy.
PLUS: From AJ's Ate Jinggay--This is AJ's ate, Jinggay. The prospect of AJ joining our creator is a happy occasion no matter how painful it would be for the family. One obstacle that the family needs to hurdle now are the hospital bills. The family of AJ implores the help of 1,000 volunteers to donate P500 each to help defray the cost of hospitalization expenses. We hope you can be one of them. You may contact our mom thru her mobile 0908-5701555/0927-9848142 or deposit it at BPI (Kidapawan) SA#8669-0851-93 of Eric John Matela. Thanks so much. JINGGAY