Take a bath, cooked Louie, Gloria + kids, Cesar + Mike come over for dinner Fils Aunties + Mom visits us. Take merienda + left. Sunday we went to church + TV.
Gloria give my permanent Louie, Al, Fil + the kids are here. Cook adovado, apritada. Sunday went to church, Tayong called from Florida Rain to hard Sunday
(When Jordan was in 7th grade, he was given an assignment to write to a family member. He and Grandma exchanged letters over the next few months – these will be transcribed and marked as “Jordan and Lola Letters” for the blog. Here is the 4th – and last – letter in the series.)
How are you doing Lola? This will be my last letter. I am so glad we got to talk and bond like we did. In this letter I will be describing important lessons about life I gave learned so far.
One of the lessons I learned in life is how lucky and spoiled I am to have such a great, supportive family. There are a lot of kids who aren’t as fortunate. I also learned how lucky I am to live in a great neighborhood. I can walk to school in safety, and go to the park at night without worrying about getting hurt or kidnapped. Many kids live in an area where they can’t do that.
For spring break I went on a cruise with my friend Ryan. One of the ports on the cruise was a city in Mexico that was very poor. Their speed bumps are ropes tied from one pole to the other the cross the street. After seeing the poverty that some people live I became very grateful of where I live now.
What were some of your greatest joys in life? Based on lessons you learned about life, can you give me some advice on what to do or not to do in the future? Also can you give your point of view on how you should live life?
Lola you are the best I love you so much. Write me back!
I’m too old this time 96 years old. I’m happy. God gave me all this years in good + happy life, with my seven children + many grandchildren, all are good by God’s help + guidance
I like to live in Concord. Louie + Gloria’s house. I have my own room with TV, near Livermore, when God call me I like to be in the side of my husband. Quintin Ramil in Livermore.
Jordan, good you go on cruise with your friend Ryan.
Be good, peaceful, polite, happy, love your friends
Pray always, God will help you, take care of you.
loves you very much
Pocket money cash $20.00
(This was written in the back of a small, brown journal containing entries from 1978 to 1979. It is one of the many notes she writes throughout her journals listing birthdays, anniversaries and dates of significant moments in her life.)
December 2, 1934
Mr. + Mrs. Quintin A. Ramil and the whole family’s birthdays
Married in Tondo, Manila, P.I. IEMELIF
1. Quintin A. Ramil – Oct. 31. 1908
2. Fausta R. Ramil – Dec. 19, 1910
3. Quintin R. Ramil Jr. – Apr. 12, 1938
4. Norma R. Matro – July 10, 1942
5. Mario R. Ramil – June 21, 1946
6. Al R. Ramil – July 2, 1948
7. Gloria R. Omania – Nov. 10, 1949
8. Cesar R. Ramil – Sept. 26, 1951
9. Michael R. Ramil – May 29, 1957
10. Carlos C. Matro – June 18, 1933
11. Teresita R. Ramil – Sept. 13, 1938
12. Luis Omania – June 19, 1946
13. Dean R. Matro – April 29, 1963
14. Norlynn Matro – Jan. 25, 1965
15. Quintin Ramil III – Nov. 21, 1963
16. Ramon Ramil – Jan. 17, 1965
17. Joycelyn Omania – Oct. 17, 1969
18. Jayson Omania – Sept. 20, 1971
19. Jude W. Ramil – Feb. 18, 1950
20. Filipina F. Ramil – June 12, 1949
21. Tressy R. Ramil – Aug. 15, 1973
22. Crystal Ramil – Oct. 27, 1973
23. Jeniffer R. Omania – May 1, 1974
24. Roxanne R. Ramil – Jan. 5, 1975
25. Leslee Dawn Ramil – Jan. 13, 1975
26. Michelle R. Matro – April 22, 1976
27. Jonathan W. Ramil – March 23, 1982
28. Melanie V. Ramil – June 7, 1982
29. Anthony Ramil – Feb. 12, 1987
30. Anita V. Ramil –
Dad + Mom married in Tondo, Manila, P.I.
Dec. 2, 1934
Carlos + Norma married in Reno, Nevada
Aug. 18, 1962
Jr. + Tessie married in Paniqui, Tarlac
Philippines Oct. 14, 1962
Luie + Gloria married in Reno, Nevada
May 3, 1969
Mario + Jude married in Reno, Nevada
Nov. 6, 1971
Al + Fil married in San Francisco
Calif. Dec. 9, 1972
Cesar + Anita – Nov. 9, 1980
Mike + Sandy – Aug. 29, 81
At 2:00 p.m. Louie, Gloria + children arrived, so Lindo, Fil + children arrived, we had turkey chicken with sotanghan – lumpia + maruya – for dinner.
(When Jordan was in 7th grade, he was given an assignment to write to a family member. He and Grandma exchanged letters over the next few months – these will be transcribed and marked as “Jordan and Lola Letters” for the blog. Here is the 3rd letter in the series.)
Hey! How are things going at home? This letter is about the challenges I face towards the future. Some of these challenges will definitely change my future.
Some of the personal challenges I faced when I was younger was when my mother pasted away. That horrific moment changed my life. I have never cried so hard in my life. My mom dying made me realize life is too short to live afraid or hold back. I am determined to well in life for my mom. I know there is no way to fix this challenge or bring my mom back, but to absolutely try my hardest and succeed in life I hope will make my mom proud.
What challenges did you face when you were my age? How did they change your perspective on life. Did these challenges change your future? What sacrifices did you make to fix these problems. After these challenges did you change as a person, if so, how?
Please try and respond as soon as possible. I am really glad we are getting to know each other. This is the first time we really got to talk. I can’t wait to see you, aunty Gloria, uncle Louie, Peyton, Kylee, Jason, and Rachel in Concord soon! I love you and miss you so much!
May 8, 2007
I’m very very glad of my life, God take care of me, so all my family take care of me. All of my family loves me, + I loves them very much. I too was so much in cried, when your Mom passed away. But let us bear in our life, Every humane will live life, but everybody has a call by God, so take it easy of your Mom passed away. Each people has a call, so your Mom get her call early.
Saturday wake up 6:00 a.m. exercise take a bath, dress up, comb my hair, packed my things going to Sacramento to see Roxanne having her second baby, Jr. + Tessie are there. eat raisins bread, yam, hot chocolate for breakfast, wash laundry, dry, fold put in places, watch TV put dishes in place shelves, wash dishes, Gloria cook oatmeal for breakfast, we ate breakfast, chew 2 tums to digest my food 12:00 take a nap, up 1:30 4:00 p.m. go to Sacramento I throw good today, 2:00 p.m. eat rice with picadillo for lunch, 4:00 p.m. ready to go to Sacramento. Rox house, arrived 6:00 p.m. eat rice – for dinner – chicken nilaga with potatoes + cabbage, pechay, Tessie is cooking. We at Louie’s truck me, Gloria + Louie, Jen + John reach Sacramento 11:30 p.m. we sleep at Rox house, me, Leslee, Louie, Gloria, Cesar, Mike, John Jordan. On the morning, Jr. Tessie cooked fried rice, eggs, sausage, bacon. I eat chocolate, coffee orange juice for breakfast, we ate at 8:00 a.m. all of us, Rox is fine, At 9:00 a.m. all of us left Rox house, except Jr. + Tessie stay waiting for Roxanne give birth, God help her to have her baby. Arrive Concord safe + sound at 10:3o a.m. eat heavy breakfast. Tessie cooked Rox house.