I remember the first time I “saw” Patty. I was googling reviews for Louis Phillip Kee because I was looking for a new salon to try a short hairstyle that I wanted for myself. I came to a blog and the writer was Patty AND she had the hair I wanted. It was short, clean and stylish. I loved her review because it was honest but it packed a lot of info, including the salon’s contact details.
I never went to to Louis Phillip Kee’s salon but I kept coming back to Patty’s blog.
I remember the first time I “talked” to Patty. I was watching Pororo and Friends and for the life of me I could not figure out what was going on with Pororo and his gang so I tweeted, “Pororo and friends, are you all on drugs?” Patty answered back with something like “Yes they all seem high!!” and I was so surprised. I checked her profile, and it was the blogger I followed. I followed her back and tagged each other in online conversations.
I remember the first time I met Patty. It was a SoMoms event and I finally got to meet her! She was part of the second batch of moms but you’d never know it. There were no awkward introductions and she felt right at home with the group. We went together to events and talked so much more in our Facebook group. I told her how much she inspired me for facing the monster that is cancer with such grace, humor and yes, style. She wrote about her battle separately in her blog www.graceandanatomy.blogspot.com but then linked it up to her main blog www.nonstopbabble.com because she had so much more to talk about outside of Cancer. Patty even opened up an online shoe store “YellowBird” while she was in recovery. She kept a consulting business on the side too. Her relationship with her daughters is extraordinary. She celebrated her oldest’s debut and cheered her on during the finals of the dance competition. She doted on her youngest daughter who is just as wacky and witty as she is.
There was still so much to do. There was still so much life to live.
I am not ready to bid you farewell, Patty. The news that woke me up this morning is so hazy. I cannot believe how soon it is. I am not ready yet.
But I know you are, dearest Patty. You are a woman clothed in grace. Your fears are so small compared to your faith.
I can only wish to be half the woman you are Patty. Idol kita! You are a woman of strength, substance, style and sensibility. I will miss your stories and your funny zingers. I will miss just being around you. I will miss you. I miss you.
I can’t bring myself to bid you goodbye yet. It’s just too definite. It’s just too soon.
I know you will be around. I will always remember you when I hear Bruno Mars’ Treasure or Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off. They are your songs. I will imagine your dance steps and know that in that moment everything was alright. And whenever I make lamutak Noah, I will make extra lamutak for you. Pati extra singhot because you loved doing that to Noah.
Oh Patty I can’t believe it.
But I hope you know that you have always been loved by us and by my family. We will always pray for you. Please pray for us too when you’re not too busy living it up with your dad in Heaven.
Thank you for being who you are Patty. I love you so much.