“Lola’s Journals” is a dedication to Fausta Reyes Ramil – her life, her legacy and her desire to “never forget.” On the evening of her peaceful and beautiful passing, our Auntie Gloria pulled out a tub filled with her journals, budget books and keepsakes, which included notes as far back as 1956. We laughed and cried as we read her journals, finding pure joy and feeling in complete awe of the amazing life she led and the morals she upheld everyday of her life.
She kept the journals because, as she always proclaimed, “I don’t want to porget.” Reading through her journals, it is clear that she cherished life and savored every moment of it, noting each day what she ate, with whom she spent time, what she had watched on TV. It is easy to see that her greatest joy and love was her family – her Honey, 7 children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. And, though she seemed to document every detail of each of her days (100 years’ worth), it is amazing to note that not one unkind thought can be found towards anyone.
The Journals are also a record of our family and its beginnings – her “Autography” documents the courtship of her and Grandpa, their six year engagement, the life they setup in Novaliches, the birth of their children, and their immigration to the United States, as well as the life they created in their adopted country, the passing of her “love forever,” and the new life she enjoyed as the family matriarch. Our hope is that the publication of these Journals fulfills Grandma’s wish to “never forget” and that future generations of the Ramil Family continue to read her entries to understand and to embrace the origins of our loving family.
We know that she is happy today, watching us from Heaven and finally reunited with her Honey. She will be elated to know that we are reading through her journals (and laughing with us, head back and hands clasped, when we laugh), knowing that her Legacy will live on through all those who loved her most – those who called her Mom, Inay, Grandma, Lola.
With all my love,