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The British Royal Wedding

Essence of a  fairy tale

We have witnessed another wedding spectacle that will remain in the center of discussions in all corners of the world in the next coming days and even months. This is the British royal wedding that captivated the hearts of so-many ladies in waiting, the Cinderella believers that somehow, someday, they will meet their royal prince charming.

The last time we had seen this wedding spectacle was on April 29, 2011, when Prince William, the firstborn of the heir to the British throne, Prince CharIes, exchanged vows with Catherine Middleton, his girlfriend for seven years at Wesminster Abbey, one of the world’s greatest churches dating back more than a thousand years ago. It was a classic example of the British royal wedding, unmatched and unparalleled for its glamour and pageantry.

The royal wedding that took place on May 19, 2018, in St. George Chapel at Windsor Castle in United Kingdom had some kind of twist. This time, the bride was an American whose mother was black American, her name was Meghan Markle, born in Los Angeles, an actress, a divorcee and a well-known television personality in the US, widely known for her role in the Canadian-American legal television series, Suits. She has been Prince Harry’s apple of his eyes since 2016 and has been dating the prince since June 2016.

Getting all the nods

Unlike Prince Harry’s grandfather, King Edward VIII who had to abdicate his crown in order for him to marry his American sweetheart, divorcee Wallis Simpson in 1936, Prince Harry’ marriage with Meghan Markle, received no opposition from the public nor from the British royal family.

In fact, on the morning of May 19, Prince Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, conferred upon him three titles, Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. As a new member of the British royal family, Markle would become Duchess of Sussex. Using the Anglican church standard service of matrimony and the liturgical text of the Church of England, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby officiated at the wedding.

The hearts  grow fonder 

Prince Harry and Meghan’s relationship started in London on July 2016, Markle, then 34, met Prince Harry, then 31, when they were introduced by a mutual friend. The budding relationship was confirmed later on by Harry’s best friend in the late October.

Their relationship, even if they made some valiant attempts to keep it from public, still passed through heavy scrutiny of the international press. Prince Harry and Markle love affair was officially acknowledged only when a statement was issued by the royal family’s communication secretary on November 2016 to address what they called “wave of abuse and harassment” directed toward Markle.

The news about the sweethearts’ forthcoming marriage was announced on November 27, 2017, that Prince Harry would marry Markle in the spring of 2018,. They were seen in London earlier the same month, with Prince Harry gave Markle an engagement ring made by the famous court jewellers and medalists to the Queen, Cleave & Company, the ring has a large diamond originated from Botswana with two smaller diamonds from Princess Diana’s jewellry collection. They also announced that Nottingham Cottage would-be official residence following their marriage, located within the premise of the Kensington Palace.

The kingdom in festive mood

At the delight of the people who heard the news, most especially the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, congratulations from various political leaders in United Kingdom poured in, in the likes of the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, including Jeremy Corbyn, the British opposition leader. The couple cordially gave an exclusive interview to Mishal Husain of BBC News after the announcement.

The public announcement of the wedding was held at the Sunken Gardens of the Kensington Palace where Markle dressed in a bottle knee-length, emerald green outfit detailed at the cinch waist by Italian label, P.A.R.O.S.H. and a white trench coat made by Canadian brand, Line the Label. It was learned later that the website of Line the Label crashed down due to the big number of people who wanted to purchase the trench coat, hours after the wedding announcement.

 

After the announcement of the engagement, it stirred so much amount of expectations about the social significance of Markle marrying into the British royal family since she is only the second American, first was Wallis Simpson who married King Edward III in 1936. Markle is the first person of mixed-race heritage, her mother is a black American while her father is white and she would be on the eve of becoming a proudly mixed-race royal.

Paving the way to the altar

The Succession to the Crown Act of 2013 states that the first six persons, in the line of succession require the Sovereign consent in order to marry and Harry is the fifth in line at the time of his marriage. This requirement did come in handy for Harry. Markle had to change her religion prior to her wedding, though she attended a private catholic school in her early age, she was not a Roman Catholic. She was baptized and confirmed into the Church of England on March 6, 2018, by Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby in St. James palace.

 

Being a divorcee with a living spouse, it did not hinder Markle’s marriage to Prince Harry because in 2002 the Anglican church had already allowing marriages to divorced persons with living spouses. This would also signal the years-long process for Markle to acquire her British citizenship. In the meanwhile, she would retain her US citizenship while her British citizenship is in process. Anent to this, the Kensigton Palace has indicated that the decision whether or not Markle will retain her dual-citizenship has not yet been made.

 

If Markle retains her US citizenship, it would result to some tax complications and eventually expose Markle’s finances to the scrutiny of IRS.

The couple’s engagement

It was Christmas of 2017, when the couple was invited by the Queen to celebrate with the royal family.at the Sandringham estate and at the same time, Prince Harry would propose to Markle. The engagement was photographed by Alexi Lubomirski, former assistant of Mario Testino, a world-famous Peruvian portrait and fashion photographer of GQ magazine. The date was December 21, 2017,.

Unlike in the past wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in which the British government announced a bank holiday, it was not done on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wedding and no bank holiday was announced.

The wedding also coincided with the date of FA Cup final which Prince William normally would attend being President of Football Association. The royal wedding on a weekend is also a break from royal tradition of having weddings on weekdays. In this connection, on February 12, 2018, the Kensington palace also announced that the wedding would commence on 12:00 midday.

Prior to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, St. George chapel in Windsor was also the venue for wedding of Prince Harry’s uncle, the Earl of Wessex, his cousin Peter Philips and for the blessings of marriage of his father, Prince Charles and Harry’s stepmother, Camilla Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwell.

Summing up the wedding cost 

The overall cost of the wedding expected to be around 32 million pounds in which the royal family would shoulder. It would include the cost of the wedding cake estimated to be 50,000 pounds, flower arrangement estimated to be 10,000 pounds and the catering estimated to be 286,000 pounds. It was expected the cost of security would be lower compared to the cost of 2011 wedding of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Royal Borough of Windsor and maidenhead had reportedly spent 2.6 million pounds for the town and road cleaning. It was predicted the wedding would spike tourism growth and 500 million pounds in economic boom.

The bridal gown

Tasked to design the wedding dress was famed British fashion designer, Clare Waight Keller with the backing of Givenchy brand. The dress was made of “double-bounded silk cady cushioned by an underskirt in triple-skirt organza” and had a boat neckline, long sleeves and sweeping train. The silk veil was 16 feet (4.9m) long and embroidered with 55 flowers that represent the 53 countries of the Commonwealth, including Wintersweet flower which grows in Nottingham palace where Meghan and Harry would live after the wedding. Included, too was another flower, the California Poppy, which is the state flower of California.

The veil was secured by a diamond bandeau tiara made in 1932 for Queen Mary and lent to Markle by Queen Elizabeth II, while the center brooch had been a gift from the county of Lincoln in 1893. The tiara is a platinum band consisting of eleven sections, a detachable center brooch with interlaced opals and diamonds while the shoes also came from Givenchy with pointed couture design.

Grooming the Cinderella

Markle’s other outfits were gold and diamond earrings and bracelet that came from Cartier. Markle’s hair was rolled up with face framing tacked behind her ears and well done by Serge Normant. For the occasion, make-up artist did Markle’s make-up. Her look was described as a “soft-brown eyeshadow” with minimal make-up on the face. Her nails were painted in a “neutral-pinky beige” for the ceremony. Markle’s bouquet was designed by Philippa Craddock which had “forget me nots”, scented sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine and astrantia and sprigs of myrtle.

Prince Harry chose “forget-me-nots” and personally picked by him in honor of her late mother, Princess Diana. Following royal tradition that began with the Queen mother, the bridal’s bouquet would be placed on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at the Westminster Abbey.

In line with the customary bridal theme, “Something old-something new, something borrowed, something blue,” Markle’s gown and veil represented (the new), the Queen’s tiara, represented (the old and borrowed). Sprigs of myrtle taken from a plant grown from the myrtle used in the Queen’s wedding bouquet and a piece of fabric from Diana, Princess of Wales wedding gown, represented (the old) and Diana’s favorite flowers, forget-me-nots in the bouquet represented (the blue).

The groom looks so princely

For the occasion, Prince Harry and Prince William wore the frock coat uniform of the Blues and Royals where Prince Harry served sixteen years including combat stint in Afghanistan. The gentleman’s tailor and uniform makers, Dege and Skimmer in Savile Row, London, crafted their uniforms.

The groom had asked permission from the Queen to keep his beard since there are only exceptional circumstances that beards are permitted in the British army. Prince Harry wore the rank of Major with the star, with the Royal Victorian Order from which he is the Knight Commander together with the ribbons of the Royal Victorian Order, Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan. Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee wings.

Prince Williams also wore the rank of Major, he had EIIR cyphers on his shoulder patches, he had gold aguillettes on his right shoulder and wore the stars of the “Order of the Garter”, the ribbons of the two jubilees’ medals as well his RAF wings.

 

Clare Waight Keller designed the high waisted silk dresses worn by the young bridesmaids which had puffed sleeves while the pageboys wore uniforms that looked as the same as the Blues and Royals uniform. The dress code was specified in the wedding invitations, for men, it was “Dress Uniform, Morning Coat or Lounge Suit,” for women, it was “Day Dress and Hat.”

Setting the record straight

The Kensington Palace had made an announcement on April 26, 2018, that Prince Harry chose his older brother, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge to be his best man. That early, there was no confirmation yet, if Prince William would attend the FA Cup final that coincided with the wedding date, an occasion he regularly attended being the Football Association president.

However, Kensington Palace released a statement in December that the wedding would not, in any way tangle with the match schedule, after which it confirmed in March that Prince William would no longer attend the football final anymore.

In choosing Markle’s maid of honour, the name of her best friend, Jessica Mulroney cropped up. In early May 2018, it was confirmed Markle’s would have no maid of honour. Instead, they chose to have bridesmaids and page boys who were all children.

The bridal entourage

There was a total of ten bridesmaids and page boys from which the bride and the groom would select five each. Two of Markle’s godchildren seven-year-old Rylan Ritt and her six-year-old sister Remi, including Brian, John and Ivy Mulroney, who were the three children of her friend, Jessica Mulroney were chosen by the bride.

 

Prince Harry’s chose his nephew and niece, the son and daughter of Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.  Also included were his godchildren, Florence Van Cutsem, Zalie Warren and Jasper Dyer. Another announcement came from Kensington Palace that Prince Charles would accompany Markle down the aisle when it was confirmed that her father, Thomas Markle, Sr. could not attend the wedding due to his recent heart surgery.

Prior to the wedding day, Markle spent the night with her mother at the late 18th-century prestigious five star hotel, Cliveden House while the groom, Prince Harry spent the night with his older brother, Prince William in same prestigious and classic five star hotel, Coworth Park Hotel. Markle’s mother accompanied her on the way to the church.

Around 250 members of the British Armed Forces were handpicked for the occasion, majority of which came from units that had connections with the Prince Harry. The Household Cavalry members formed a staircase party at the chapel and rode as escort. 1st Battalion Irish Guards, 1st Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles. Three regiments from Army Air Corps, Royal Navy, Royal Marines and RAF Honington formed as Street liners.

The wedding service was conducted in accordance with Christian Liturgy on Holy Matrimony described in Common Worship of the Church, the mother church of the Anglican Communion. The public started to arrive at the grounds of Windsor Castle as early as 8:00 am, while the main congregation and the guests began to arrive at about 9:30 am. This was followed by the arrival of the members of the Royal Family. As part of tradition, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were the last to come for the ceremony at around 11:52 am.

The moment she’s waiting 

Markle arrived with a party of junior attendants, while the Prince of Wales was standing by for the bride. She proceeded down the aisle followed by the attendants. Prince Charles escorted Markle through the chapel’s quire, accompanied her up to the altar where Prince Harry was waiting. Baroness Fellowes, maternal aunt of Prince Harry, read a scripture lesson from the Song of Solomon in the Christian Bible. David Conner, The Dean of Windsor, conducted the service with Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury who performed the wedding ceremony.

The sermon was delivered by the presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church (the American member church of the Anglican Communion), The Most Reverend, Michael Curry. His 14-minute address which quoted Martin Luther King Jr. emphasized the redemptive property of love. Due to its unexpected length, it caused the service to exceed by eight minutes. Reverend Prebendary Rose Hudson Wilkins, the chaplain of the Queen, including the Coptic Orthodox, Archbishop of London, Auba Angeles offered the prayers.

Published in the Common Worship were the marriage vows and the promise “to love and to cherish” each other. Further, sealed by ring exchange. Cleave and Company designed and crafted the wedding rings with Markle’s ring made of Welsh gold while Prince Harry’s ring was made of platinum. After signing of the registers, the couple and the guests sung the national anthem altogether, Harry and Markle paused briefly, bowed and paid respect to the Queen. As they walked down the aisle, they were followed by the bridal entourage and their family members. At the steps outside the chapel, Harry and Markle kissed each other.

At the wedding receptions

After the wedding ceremony, it was followed by a carriage procession through Windsor. A couple of receptions were held in different venues. The first was held in St. George Hall for the guests who attended the ceremony and was hosted by the Queen. Singer Elton John performed for the guests. The Prince of Wales and Prince Harry gave each a speech. The second was held in Frogmore House for the royal family and close friends and was hosted by the Prince of Wales.

Later in the day, Harry drove his new wife to the Frogmore House reception in a silver blue colored Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero, a new version of 1968 Jaguar Concept Zero, with the customized licensed plate bearing their names and date of their wedding. In the evening reception, the Duchess of Sussex wore a Stella McCartney creation, a halter-neck open-back dress complimented with an emerald-cut aqua-marine ring formerly belonging to Diana, Princess of Wales. For the private party, she took the service of stylist George Northwood.

Breaking the tradition, Markle delivered a speech at the event. The Duke of Cambridge also gave a speech while DJ Elba entertained the guests. After the party, the guests were treated to a small fireworks displayed on top of the Frogmore House. The wedding cake had layered lemon and elderflower cake, decorated with peonies in shades of white and cream, created by Claire Ptak, cake designer based in London who was chosen as early as March 2018.

 

The official photographer was Alex Lubomirski who released the three official wedding photographs in Windsor after the wedding ceremony.

All the music they played

One of the hymns sung at the wedding was Lord of All Hopefulness and Guide Me O Though Great Redeemer which was the favorite of the late Princess Diana. It made Prince Harry teary eyed when he heard it. It was also the song used in his mother funeral and in Prince William wedding, was the opening hymn.

The music provided for the service by a couple of choirs, an orchestra, chapel organ and the fanfare trumpeters. The orchestra was composed of musicians from BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Aside from the Choir of the St. George Chapel, the Kingdom Choir, a gospel group led by Karen Gibson sang “Stand By Me” and was an incredible and powerful moment.

 

A fanfare was played by the State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry, Kate Sandford did a piece also and was the first female trumpeter at a British royal wedding. James Vivian, the chapel’s organist and Director of Music was the overall musical director and Christian Warren-Green conducted the orchestra.

To the tune of “Eternal source of light divine”, (from the Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne), by Hondel sung by soprano Elin Manahan-Thomas with the trumpet obbligato performed by David Blackadder.

Also, included was a motet, “If Ye Love Me” by Thomas Tallis. The song “Stand By Me” was arranged for the choir by Mark Delisser including “The Lord bless you and keep you” by John Rutter.

In the signing of the register, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 19-year old cellist performed together with the orchestra which played Sicilliene attributed to Maria Therasia von Paradis, Faure’s un reve, a cello and orchestra arrangement of Schubert’s Ave Maria.

The Allegro from the Symphony No.1 in B-flat major of William Boye including “This Little Light of Mine” by Etta James, Jester Hairston and Harry Dixon Loes were also performed for the procession.

Sizing up the wedding venue 

An official list of domestic and international political leaders were not required for the wedding and was announced as early as April 2018,. The British Prime Minister Theresa May and the Oppositon Leader Jeremy Corbyn would not attend, too. US President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama were not also invited. It was totally different from the wedding of Prince William, Prince Harry’s older brother which had a large number of guests being an heir to the British throne.

It was decided not to invite political leaders in consideration of the size of the venue which was small and Harry’s position as sixth in-line to the throne. The only politician invited was former Prime Minister Sir John Major because he served as “special guardian” to Prince William and Prince Harry on legal matters after the death of their mother, Princess Diana.

The size of St.George Hall could only accommodate around 600 people, and only those who had a “direct relationship” with Prince Harry were invited.

In the evening reception at Frogmore House, 200 close friends of the couple were invited. Also, invited were 1,200 members of the public who were tasked to greet the couple outside of the chapel. They were people from charities, members of Windsor Castle community, people from the royal households and the Crown Estate including local school children.

And the list of guests goes on

Prince Andrew’s ex-wife, Sarah, The Duchess of York, was invited to the wedding but not invited to the evening reception in Frogmore House. Besides, she was also absent to the recent royal weddings of Prince Williams and Catherine Middleton, Peter Philips and Autumn Kelly, Zara Philips and Mike Tindall, (Peter and Zara were Princess Anne’ son and daughter, (both Harry’s first-cousins). It was reported that being omitted from the guests’ list made Sarah “deeply upset”.

Some non-royal guests were Markle’s co-stars in Suits, Patrick J. Adams, (with wife Troian Bellisario), Gabriel Macht, (with wife Jacinta Barret), Sarah Afferty, Rick Hoffman, Gina Torres, Abigail Spencer, actor George Clooney, (with wife Amal Clooney), Idris Elba and Tom Hardy, actresses Oprah Winfrey, Priyanka Chopra and Carey Mulligan (with husband Marcus Mumford, television host, James Corden.

Sports and entertainment personalities included tennis player, Serena Williams (with husband Alexis Ohanian), David and Victoria Beckham, musician Sir Elton John, (with husband David Furnish), James Blunt, Joss Stone and rugby players, Jonny Wilkinson and James Haskell.

Also, invited was Markle’s friend and stylist Jessica Mulroney, Harry’s ex-girlfriends, Cressida Bonas and Chelsy Davy. Some members of the Middleton family were also in attendance.

The ruler of Lesotho, Prince Seeisoho was the only foreign dignitary invited to the wedding. He was Prince Harry’s friend and co-founded the Sentebale foundation to help orphaned victims of AIDS in Lesotho.

The 2,640 members of the public who attended the wedding in Windsor Castle were showered with gift bags to commemorate the events that contained order service booklet for the wedding, a gold chocolate coin, a bottle of water, fridge magnet, a 20% off voucher for the Windsor Castle gift shop, a tube of handbag shortbread, initials of the bride and groom and the wedding date and venue location were printed out the bag exterior.

Sometime in April 2018, the couple requested that instead of giving gifts, people could just make donations to one of the seven charitable organizations they mentioned in which they had not formally associated with.

Conclusion

The Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding was considered the biggest event in 2018, with a viewership of about 18 million in UK alone. While 29.3 million Americans watched in the US, exceeding 23 million Americans who watched the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011. It was estimated that more than hundreds of millions watched the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle all over the globe.

Following the royal tradition, princess have been awarded peerages before their marriages which also happened to Prince Harry who was bestowed with three titles, hours before the wedding, Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. Markle acquired the title “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.”

The Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding would be remembered for its significance. A departure from the tradition typically associated with the Royal Family. Started from the essence of African-Ameican culture in service which was a “landmark for African-Americans” benefiting Black British, mixed-race women and to the Royal Family in particular. The limited impact that “Markle being a biracial as opposed to African-American keeping black people from taking her as one of them.”

 

Credits go to Wikipedia and Google for factual details and images used in this article.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Merits Of Dating Sites

 

One Of The Few Colorful Stories

 

In line with my blog objective to alleviate the plights of Filipina ladies who jumped on the bandwagon of dating sites in their never ending quest for quality life abroad, I feel it is also incumbent upon me to discuss the merits of dating sites, like a coin which has two sides, its face and its tail, dating sites have their own good and bad sides, too. This time, I’m about to tell a story of a Filipina lady who is residing in a country in Europe, she visited my blog site lately and had confided me her real story which falls on the good side of dating sites. Let’s just call her Nadia.

 

 

Her family was known in the community for being kind and living a modest, yet decent life. At the early age of five, she was enrolled in a catholic school by her parents where she became one of the prominent faces in the school campus later on. In the brood of six, She was the prettiest among the three ladies and the brightest of them all in reference to their school achievements. She was the type of person who put all her time in everything she did. In short, she was an achiever and highly intelligent. Since Nadia was human, she was prone to commit mistakes also and she learned her lessons the hard way, too. It was when her world suddenly took its turn and stood still. From this point on, her own travails began and saw the merits of dating sites afterwards.

 

 

Following Her Dreams

Like any normal teenagers, Nadia had her crushes and admirers, too. She was the life of whatever party she attended, because her parents wanted her not to be left behind, she was provided with all the things that a teenager like her would need which made her the standout in and out of the school and in her community. One of her admirers was a son of a town official who aside from being rich was powerful in their town. We will call him Jeffry, not his real name. Nadia was actually head over heels to him from the start but she did not want love to cross her path while she was studying. Although she sometimes mesmerized what a kiss and hug from a boyfriend was.

 

 

Jeffry was groomed by his father to become his political heir apparent and it was his father’s wish Jeffry would become a lawyer someday while Nadia was an apolitical person who thought too much politics hindered her country’s growth. She witnessed how people became poorer as there was no continuity in every government program. Government officials had come and gone and left the country and its people in the sad state of affairs. Nadia’s dream was to pursue higher studies abroad and work in a world organization like United Nations and to join African mission so she could make a name for herself in a very noble way and make her country proud of her. It’s how what she wanted to be in the near future.

 

 

Love Made Her Crazy Sometimes

It’s February and Nadia’s school was preparing for its annual senior ball. It’s a very special occasion that only happened once in a blue moon so everybody in school was so excited in its preparations, besides it was one of the school’s culminating activities, a must for everyone to attend.  Nadia and Jeffry were tasked to do a special dance number to highlight the occasion. The problem was, Jeffrey could hardly dance and follow the steps because he was born with two left feet while Nadia showed some terpsichorean prowess when she easily mastered the steps while Jeffry could not. It’s already late and they decided to go and agreed to continue practicing the next day. Jeffry offered a ride home which Nadia readily accepted.

 

 

As they traversed the way to Nadia’s home, the traffic was moving in a snail pace, Jeffry started holding Nadia’s hand, she did not resist his advances, she could not understand herself because she liked to feel Jeffrey’s hand, too. They were not talking but it seemed they were under the spell of something which they could not fathom. She was defenseless and passive to what Jeffrey was doing with her. The car’s tinted windows were the mute witnesses for what they were doing inside the car.

Since it was rush hours already, all the streets were clogged with vehicles and can be mistaken as parking lots. Jeffry tried another way where there were several motels lining up on both sides. She was naive but she was not ignorant. She would want to shout at Jeffrey and told him they were committing a big mistake and it should be stopped. But to her dismay, her mouth could not utter any words and just went with the current and for the first time, she felt her body was burning with desire to be touched, hugged and kissed by Jeffry. “If it is a dream, I don’t want to wake up yet”, she told herself.

 

 

When Sin, Took Toll From Her

Nadia was home past midnight, the first time it happened to her. When her parents asked her why she came home late, she answered them politely but she could not look straight to their eyes. “We were so worried about you because you failed to return our calls,” Nadia told them they should not worry anymore because she is already home after which she went to her room to clean herself up and change her clothing.

She could not understand why she felt so dirty and restless after that incident in the motel. But there was that guilty feeling deep inside her. That night, Nadia’s innocence seemed to be blown away from her well-being and was taken over by pride. “Is there anything I can be proud of ?”, she asked herself. Then she remembered Jeffry, she wanted to talk to him to find out if he also felt the same thing, she dialed Jeffrey’s number but to no avail, she received no answer from him after several tries.

 

 

In school, the first thing that came to Nadia’s mind was to see Jeffry and talk to him. She missed Jeffry too much which she never felt before. For her, Jeffry was so important figure to her now and she wanted to know how was he  doing, “Is he feeling alright or not ?” Everything in her world had changed overnight. Was she already in love with Jeffry? “Why am I acting like this, ” she asked herself repeatedly. It was past three in the afternoon but there was no sight of Jeffry. Even his friends were wondering what had happened to him. The day was finished already and yet, there was no Jeffry, even his shadow. There was no option left for Nadia but to head home with a broken heart. She felt so sad that she cried so much along the way.

 

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The Damsel In Distress

“What comes around, goes around.” Nadia learned the bad news that circulated in the campus. Jeffry left to US a couple of days ago. He would stay there and continue his studies and there was no assurance if he could come back again. Why the haste and it was so sudden? Nadia felt her world crumbled and a thunderbolt hit her. She looked up on the skies and ask, “Lord, why it is happening to me, forgive me if I sinned and don’t forsake me, please!” Some of her classmates saw her emotions and got puzzled with the way she was acting. It was so strange for them to see why Nadia felt so bad about Jeffry’s sudden departure to the US. If only they would know what really transpired between them, they would not wonder but she and Jeffry did something in secrecy and she would keep it a secret, no matter what happened.

 

 

A month passed after Jeffry left to the US and Nadia tried to pick up the pieces and start over again even if she was still feeling devastated, She did try everything to hide her emotions in front of her parents. She was expecting Jeffry would communicate with her accros the thousand miles and tell her how he missed her. It seemed Jeffry was in a Jurassic place where there was no means of communications. The reason why she could not receive any news from him. She just consoled herself and thought she would hear something from Jeffry any time soon, then again, she cried and pitied herself.

 

 

Nadia woke up the next morning feeling some dizziness followed by vomiting. She tried to remember what did she had in supper last night that might have triggered her dizziness and vomiting but she was so sure it had nothing to do with it. Then something popped up on her mind but she was so afraid to think of it. What if she was impregnated by Jeffry. What if she would bear a child and become a mother? Nadia could not find the answer to her question, She saw herself hanging by a thread and would fall down on the ground anytime.

 

 

The Truth Shall Set Her Free

What she did was informing the school she was not feeling well and could not attend her class. She had the slightest idea of what would happen next. Without her knowing, her parents were also in a quandary because they were really sure, something was wrong with their Nadia. “Hon, would it be okay for you if we talk to our daughter now, I’m sure something is bothering her lately, she’s acting strangely, maybe she is sick and looks so problematic!” The husband said, “That is what in my mind, too, It’s good that you told me.” The wife heaved a big sigh and held her husband’s hand, then tagged him towards Nadia’s room. “I can’t wait any longer, she must tell us what troubling her and why is she acting so strange to us these days.”

 

 

Nadia heard the knocks and her parents voices asking her to open up, she gazed at the mirror in her dresser to see if she looked nice, wiped the tear marks on her cheeks and put a smile on her face to conceal her emotion. She opened the door and let her parents come in. Her father kissed her on the cheek while her mother hugged her so tight. Suddenly, she remembered Jeffry and imagined him kissing and hugging her like what her parents just did to her.

“What’s up darling? We haven’t had any chat nor conversation lately, Your dad and me missed you very much. Something’s bothering you, my dear?” Her mother dearly asked. At this juncture, Nadia could not answer, her body trembled and started crying. She was not used to telling a lie ever since. She embraced her mother tightly, leaned on her shoulders and cried out loud. It released the burden on her shoulder, finally got hold of her strength and told everything to her parents who listened intently.

 

 

Her Time To Move On

The doctor called Nadia to come in, “I would like to congratulate you, it is positive that you are pregnant, I made a prescription that will ensure the baby’s wellness.” Nadia nodded and just said, “thank you doctor,” then she got out of the clinic to go home. Her parents were so anxious to hear from her. “What did the doctor tell you darling?,”her mother asked. ” She just confirmed I’ll become a mother soon,” she answered back. “Like what we had planned, we will do everything to make sure your baby will be fine and well until you give birth. You will continue your studies even if you are pregnant.” Nadia retorted back, ” Mama, it won’t take long, my classmates will see the bump on my stomach, I’ll become the butt of jokes in school if that happens!” Her mother was still calm saying, “all problems have their solutions, you shall overcome, darling”. Nadia just hurriedly went to her room and did not utter any words anymore.

 

 

Nadia was contemplating to go to school again. She felt she was still not okay to go out and so sure she lost her interest in her schooling. Her baby and her situation were her first priorities now. It’s quite normal for any Filipino families to have relatives living in other countries, specifically in the US. Her father’s brother and sister were in the US, too, for a long time so did her mother who had sisters living in Australia. Nadia said to herself, ” I think, I got the solution to my problem already.”

She went to her parents’ room to see if she could talk to them. Both of them agreed and let her in. Her father’s first reaction was, “I don’t see your uncle and your aunt can accommodate you at this time, they are all hard up and struggling in the US,” Then, Nadia waited for her mother’s words. “It was the same situation darling, your aunts in Australia are not doing good also and in dire straits at this time,” to which Nadia exclaimed, ” when they are vacationing here, they act like they are rich and have plenty of money to spend, now that I need their help, you’d tell me they are all broke!”, The discussion ended without results.

 

 

Throwing Her Last Card On The Table.

She texted Jeffry’s closest friends to find out if they knew his US whereabouts. Everyone texted her back with the same answers, nobody knew Jeffry’s address and phone number in the US. Nadia felt so helpless and could not control her crying. At this point in time, she needed someone to comfort and join her in her time of loneliness. Had Jeffry known what was happening to her at this moment, she thought Jeffry would hurriedly come home and console her but where was he now? He was nowhere to be found like a needle fell in a haystack.

Again, she felt some hungriness for sour tasting fruits, she craved so much to eat them, she remembered her cousin who also got pregnant before and who requested some raw mangoes from her quipping she would die if she could not eat what she wanted. She could not help but smile. Nadia knew very well her situation now and she must do something for the sake of her would be baby, come hell or high water!

 

 

Suddenly an idea struck Nadia’s mind, why not she tries dating sites?, Nadia knew about dating sites because she is well-informed and regularly browsing over the internet in her free time. After taking a light breakfast and took a glass fresh orange juice, she sat in front of her laptop and logged in. At first, she was quite hesitant to divulge some of her personal circumstances but later on freely gave all the details which were asked in the form she was filling up. She hoped and prayed something and someone would come out and to solve her problems.

 

 

Cutting The Long Story Short

The search became successful as if God’s hand was doing it for her. It did not take her long to accomplish all the pertinent papers that would be needed in her departure. She landed in Berlin, Germany where she and her husband Helmut lived in harmony. She was accepted by her husband’s family and being loved so much. She has a child with Helmut while her first born child was named after Helmut’s name, his name sake. They have a blooming construction business in Berlin and her role is attending to the administrative side of their business. They visited the Philippines twice already. Helmut is planning to build a house in her province and settle there when they retire in the future. Helmut has come to love the place, the climate and the people’s hospitality.

 

 

Now, Nadia is basking on her glory and she is vacationing together in the Philippines with her husband, Helmut and her kids. Her homecoming this time is somewhat bittersweet because they came home purposely to attend the burial of her father who succumbed to heart attack recently. Nadia knows her father is at peace whenever he is now because he saw her daughter successfully weathered the proverbial storm in her life. Her mother is doing alright and enjoying the company of her grandchildren. Nadia has nothing to be asked for because she is blessed with everything she has wished in her life.

 

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