Have I ever told you how I fell love with you?
We were still in Baguio then, having lunch at one of the most prestigious “restaurants” in Bonifacio Road. Yes, kay Manang Pat’s. Kung saan walang kisame, at ang sarsa ng adobo at ibang ulam, ay iisa. Pero may libreng sabaw ka.
It’s still very vivid in my mind now. We were sitting on the long table across the counter with me seated closer the exit, and you on my left. You ordered sinigang. Then, this little boy, probably Manang Pat’s apo, came running around our table. He was a friendly, jolly kid. He would make eye contact and give an innocent smile. Apparently, it wasn’t as innocent as we thought. Turns out, he was really looking at your food. You called him and asked if he wanted to have some sinigang. That moment, I was really wishing he’d say no. His mom was even there, and I was expecting her to scold his son for bothering customers. Pero, he came to our table and you fed him using your very own spoon. I can still remember how that spoon looked like. It was wet with soup, half-filled with rice, and had a small stalk of kangkong. Do you know the first thing that came into my mind? All sorts of bacteria that kid could have given you through his saliva. Haha.
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