Growing Up

I am such a crybaby.

Why those tears came is beyond me. Sigh. Just a sudden burst of welled-up emotions. Just something that I wish I could have stopped but was just too tired and too fed-up to.

Ugh. I hate drama. And I hate it when I overreact. Just the memory of my breakdown that night makes me want to go and bang my head into a wall or something.

For the record, okay na ako. Yeah, I got scared of the whole conflict-argument thing. And I crumpled over at the thought that I’d be bringing memories of my friends fighting home with me. But yeah, I understand that you guys really weren’t fighting and that you were all really, truly ok.

I really just overreacted.

Once again, let me just say that I truly hate it when I overreact. I detest it when people see that I’m not really as strong as I sometimes think and pretend to be. When I get all transparent… as I am getting to be right now. Kaya nga dinadaan ko nalang ang lahat sa mga letters at blogs.

Which makes that night a breakthrough – in a way – for me. Kasi in a way, I was able din to show you na ganun pala si Mari. With the breakdown-slash-outburst. With my struggle to explain why I reacted that way. And with the pathetic attempt to make it all better through that silly performance that Rachel, Marian and I pulled off.

And for the record, I am so thankful that everything worked out in the end.

Sigh. Apologies for the seemingly dark and brooding tone of this entry. I do not mean for it to be that way. I want this entry to be full of sunshine and laughter. And I just want to give our batch outing a real sunshiny closure.

So sunshine and laughter it is.

I’m thankful that I went all the way back to Elbi that weekend. Yeah, it’s tiring going back and forth between Baguio and Elbi, but let me truly, honestly say that for me it was all worth it.

I had fun watching you guys battle with the fish, the squid, the eggplants, the coals, and the drizzle. I enjoyed the meal, and – okay, okay – I’m glad I was able to give Cynde a laugh through the corned-beef-blooper.

I learned a lot as Henry and Myla sizzled in the hot seat. Hrrrmmm. Henry… Hehehe. And can someone explain to me what a motherly figure is once again? Hahaha! :D

But nothing can me me laugh harder than seeing Mac, Ades, and Jake have a “Nobody, Nobody” showdown. Laugh, laugh, laugh!

Okay, okay. I so wanted to sleep through all those talks about politics, the presidentiables, the Ampatuans, PBB and showbiz what-nots (hey, it took me a while before I found out who Tony Gonzaga was, remember?) but I was happy and content just listening to you all voice out your views on those different matters. Happy hearing your voices and seeing your facial reactions – a few things that I miss out on when we all just simply meet up in cyberspace.

And when we all got over that dramarama hurdle, I was happy that a trip to Jerusalem to the tune of “Nobody” and “Poker Face” was all we really needed to get us all thrown into a fit of hysteria once again (along with a game of Taboo, Pinoy Henyo, and Ren’s Card Game Icebreaker Thingy).

And it was nice seeing the sea-folk jump into the pool once Mr. Sunshine decided to show up. (And once the pool was no longer in a temperature below freezing!)

So we were all beat up by the time we got to Cynde’s place. So their house looked like an evacuation center upon our arrival. And so “My Big Love” wouldn’t cooperate with us despite Mac’s persistent pleading. But the post-outing sotanghon and movie marathon madness were still great (though admittedly, I slept through all the other movies – hehe).

We’re all growing up. I realized that when our “personal questions” got a bit freakier. I realized that when Mac brought up his situation and when I got to have a short but meaningful conversation with Cristina Joy as well. And I realized that when I got the feeling that after the outing – most, if not all of us, would have to brave through a greater season of … I don’t know what to call it. Testing? I don’t know. Just a greater process to get that greater breakthrough. Because after all that we have received through the GMA team’s visit… Well, great impartations lead to greater processes.

But the good thing is that I know we’d still be there for each other. And though we may “fight”, though there may be some drama, and though Joy’s life is constantly threatened by those who want to kill her… I know na kahit ganun, wala pa ring iwanan.

Even when we all go our separate ways – to the nations, back to elbi, or back to our own provinces with no definite date of return – we are all still ONE, UNITED and TOGETHER.

I love you, friends, so much. Thank you for making the Elbi stay fun, freaky, and memorable. 2010’s going to be a blast.

Happy Holidays to all!

Mari

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10 thoughts on “Growing Up

  1. Bina says:

    Hi dear, to repeat what I said that day to someone, it’s necessary for us to undergo that situation. It’s a process necessary for us, for our maturity, for the fullness of the impartations we received. It’s part of a bigger process we need to experience. What’s important is that, we have to get what we can get in all the processess we underwent and we are to experience yet in the years to come. Yes we are one, united and together though we’re apart. Love you dear.

  2. @shiela: obvious na wala talaga akong alam sa showbiz. hahaha. toni pala yun!!! sa uulitin. :)

    @bosom: Amazing words of wisdom. This made me go teary-eyed once again. Yeah. Get what we can. Love you, Bosom. :)

  3. cyndz says:

    mari,
    i always know that you are really a cry baby. it is one ofhe the things i learned when we were room mates plus the fact we have almost the same temperaments in different intensity.
    we may had not expect things to go that way but it was fun in the end. for me, that batch outing/reunion is the most memorable as of now. the very reason is the laughter after the crying moments. how we settled our differences. true friendship is not based on laughters and melancholic moments with one another.
    I agree with you that we had grown and matured. Even for a short time that we are apart, I have seen the difference.
    i love you mari. I am excited to chat with you soon.

  4. @cynde: Hehehe. Yeah. Ang dami kong iyak moments noong room mates tayo, right? and yeah… almost the same temperaments in different intensities… hahaha. (Who’s the extreme choleric and who’s the extreme melan? LOL.)

    Yeah. The outing was truly memorable. Kakaiba talaga siya. Funny lang.

    Thank you for this comment. It’s nice growing with you guys. :)

    I love you too, cyndz. :)

    (at siyempre, hinawaan ko nanaman kayo ng ka-melanan ko.. :) )

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