The opening of every box brings a feeling similar to that expressed by the lead character in the Forrest Gump movie: "My momma always said, `Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."
Three boxes of goodies came from my cousin Olga Natividad who found time to pack up and sent books amid her busy schedule in Chicago where cuz Olga recently directed the well-applauded cultural show Kundiman, Alay Kay Rizal at the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium.
Although it is impressive that my young cousin has managed to put up Chicago’s first Filipino events company, JOOL Productions – along with theatre colleague Joan Icao-Muyskens – I am equally impressed with the cornucopia and quality of books she sent.
The bonus in our Kris Library literacy advocacy is that I get to read those books first before they are sent to our four other libraries in Rizal Province, Zamboanga City and Zamboanga del Sur as well as public libraries that asked us for books.
For a former journalist of the Philippine Daily Inquirer who eat breath and live with words, I had great fun reading Olga’s “The Executive’s Quotation Books,” “A Dictionary of American Proverbs,” “Fighting Words,” “Less Word Can Say,” and the amusing “Political Babble –The 1,000 Dumbest Things Ever Said by Politicians.”
There were also classics like Ernest Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises,” and modern classics like “Coreli’s Mandolin” and “A Matter ofHonor by Jeffrey Archer.
Imagine what positive impact these imported gems of knowledge will have on poor Christian and Muslim kids in supposedly isolated and forgotten communities where the Kris Libraries have been established!
I am also quite pleased with two boxes sent by another US-based cousin and his family – but who preferred to be anonymous – which yielded the classics “Love in the Time of Cholera” – what a haunting tale -- by the inimitable Gabriel Garcia Marquez and modern gems like “Tuesdays with Morie,” Stephen King’s “Dream Catcher,” “The Lovely Bones,” “The Kite Runner” and “Catch 22.”
My cousin’s box also included colors, toys and compact discs documentaries like the National Geographic’s “The March of the Penguins” in movie original format – not the pirated version we have now grown used to watching in the country hehe!
This same cousin and his very supportive wife and family last year made financial donation for the completion of the three restrooms at our Kris Peace Library in Manicahan, Zamboanga City and also sent two boxes of books.
I always believed that you can gauge a person’s class, maturity, character and principles through the books he/she reads; but seeing the efforts made by these my relatives to spend time and resources – not to mention the pain of parting with their favourite books – I am happy to have been given the honor to peek into their hearts!
Thank you guys for all the help and may God/Allah continue to bless your already successful careers, economic stability and successful children with even more blessings!
Mucho y mas gracias a todo!!!!
(Should you also want to share us your old or new books or send financial donations, pls go to http://www.krislibrary.com/donate.html to find out how or please like or post this blog entry in your FB walls to help us spread the word about our need for books. Thanks)