Once upon a time in a not-so-distant past, lived a farmer and his wife and their four beautiful children. The farmer had the ability to grow rich and abundant crops and it made him a successful farmer. He and his wife were able to send their children off to school.
The first child, Lia, was soft and sweet. She wanted to travel and see the world so she dropped out of medical school and headed off to Europe to see the place. Hoping that Ria would help the family after she became a doctor, the other three were left crushed and disappointed.
Libby, the rebel of the four, was able to finish her business degree despite being a teenage mom, she found love right after she finished college and went to travel the west in search for a greener pasture. Sadly though, the man she thought was her prince left her on her own but even alone, she was able to raise two children successfully.
Leta, the third child never really thought of what she wanted to do. She was a romantic and she believed in living in the moment with Lalia, the youngest. The two were inseparable. Until Lalia got into one of the best schools in the country and Leta was left to live with their parents.
Realizing that she can’t be left behind, she opted to go into Law School. After she graduated, she quickly took the last step needed into becoming a full pledged lawyer: passing the bar exam, but to everyone’s dismay, she failed.
Lalia was a reader. She loved reading books and believed, deep in her heart that true love and happy endings really do exist. She went on to pursue what she wanted most ever since she was nine years old, in her father’s mango field, perched on top of the mango tree- To be a doctor.
Being the youngest, she was curious and had boundless energy, she even fell out the window, onto the roof and into the ground and nearly damaged her head that her mother told her to quit school.
Which would be a shame for if she didnt fight for what she wanted she wouldn’t have been a doctor.
Years have gone by, an the four sisters were separated and living their own lives. The Eldest, alone and tending her small business in Europe, the second enjoying her retirement in Miami, the third who was just five years older than the youngest, still had four children to support though school, she took the exam again, and again met the same fate. But she got through because she was able to sell some of the land their parents left her in their last will (also, her husband was a board member in their community.). The youngest, also had four more children in college, her husband retired already and spending his days planning his next endeavor while she did what she did best which was to treat children of their illness.
One day, Lalia, who was getting ready for work got a phone call from a priest in Europe.
“Your sister had a stroke,” he said, “We don’t know if she’ll be able to make it.” Lalia cried and was worried, preparing to leave for Europe but then she received an e-mal from her other sister, Libby.
‘You should take care of her, She’s your responsibility. You got everything which means you shoulder everything that goes with her as well.’ was what the e-mail mostly said. Shocked and angered by the heartless and distant words, Lalia thought of the word family and what it meant to them. Why would a sister speak that way of another sister?
Lia was fighting for her life and the two other sisters were merely shrugging their shoulders at her?
Lalia made the decision to bring the eldest home with her and take care of her. Whatever happens, they were family, she’s no longer the nine year old girl climbing trees, a lot of things have happened, and yes, even though Lia wasn’t there at her wedding day, wasn’t there in her life after she got married and even before that: after she turned 18, graduated medical school, passed the licensing exam, they were family. No amount of money, land or absence could change that fact.
It’s been a year since that fatal day. Lalia has once again proven to herself that she was one heck-of-a-doctor. True she’s a Pediatrician, but she was able to save a 78-year-old lady who had stroke and eating from straw in just a year. Her eldest sister Lia, was now walking around the village, able to exercise and plant orchids in her backyard.
It’ll be Halloween in three days and All Saints’ Day after that. Now that 78-year-old Lia was better, she can go and visit their parents’ grave. An act she wasn’t able to do, not even once because she left and tried to live her life in Europe. Whatever her reason was for not being by their parents’ deathbed the day they died, she can apologize in person on their graves.
In four days, she will reunite with the two sisters who neglected her on her time of need. How she’ll face them in the exact place where their parents rested was something promising, and all can only hope that everything will go well. But can everything be forgiven?