Everyday is a new day.. And every time she wakes up — whether it’s in the morning, afternoon or night, and if it’s after 3 hours, 1 hour or 5 minutes — it is a new day.
So she starts the day with, “Where are we? Tatlo/dalawa lang tayo dito ngayon? (Is it just the three/two of us here now?) Where are the others?” And then the next topic is either, “Ed’s mama has passed away, correct?” or, “Did Joey (my brother) come by today?”
The thing is, I don’t think she really hears the answer or if she understands it because then she will jump to another, totally, unrelated topic like, “I am going to go upstairs/downstairs to find a cooler/warmer spot.” Or, “What are you doing? Ikaw na bahala sa kusina, ha? (You are in charge of the kitchen, okay?)” Or she might go back to the first topic and the cycle begins again.
I just have to be on my toes all the time because I never know what the next question will be. This admission, coming from someone who lives her life ever dependent on routine and patterns.