Monday, October 23, 2006

The Tales of my Father (Part 1)

Part I – Introduction

My father is not just a plain storyteller. He is usually the main character of his stories. I grew up listening to his ‘believe it or not’ tales. He narrated them to visitors, friends, and even to close relatives who were also familiar with the places and events. I don’t know if you would believe these, but I saw from the listeners’ eyes that they too believed his stories.

He once said that he was born the exact time the great Balete tree near their home in Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur, was struck by lightning. The tree is renowned to be the kingdom of some magical creatures. The midwife assisting grandma said that the child she just bore is special. Lola didn’t believe it coz the child looked ordinary for her. But she confirmed the event and the words of the old midwife. After that night when the lightning brought down the great tree, nothing has ever been heard of that kingdom again.


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My father even spoke of stories my maternal grandpa affirmed to have heard during his youth. How can he have known events prior to his birth? He just smiled at us. He simply said that his grandpa is also a great storyteller.

The stories led me to wonder: What if my dad has some special powers?

He’s now 52, enjoying his early retirement years with my mom. They built a house in some cliff facing the sea, which my father said was his aquarium. A few meters away is an ancient tree, which some said is another kingdom of some magical creatures. I haven’t heard new stories for quite a while. Perhaps he’d told them all.

I’d like to share to you some of my father’s tales. I’ll write them in the first person, the way he narrated it to us. My Father’s Tales will be posted in this blog every Monday.

(Next: The Magical Stone)

10 comments:

ralphT said...

looking forward to those 'tales'... :)

gbert said...

ala pedro penduko? :)

yeah, looking forward to those tales... real or not, i'm always fascinated by stories anyway... :)

Abaniko said...

Shall we start calling your dad "Lolo Bosyong?" :-)

Lazarus said...

he he he. I'm still trying to recall all those stories. I hope I can do a good job here.

Anonymous said...

And here's the next story-teller: Lazarus. :D Great! A virtue of respect sa mga ninuno... Will wait for that... i love listening to stories and retelling them to my kids!

fayenget said...

wow! im looking forward to it too.. can't wait!!!

tin-tin said...

hmmm.. something to look forward to every monday :)

Lazarus said...

I can't wait for Monday too! ha ha ha. Sige, I'll try posting the "Magical stone" tomorrow.

Gypsy said...

Kakatuwa naman father mo. Stories are always a great way to know our folks..a great way to get into their minds is through their imaginations..:)

Leah said...

Very nice...thanks for this . Will read more on the rest later.