The sound of the alarm from my cell phone awakened me, telling me that it was already 6:00 o’clock in the morning.
I have worked full-time as a search engine optimization specialist for almost six months. I slept after doing my usual early morning chores as an online writer.
I love working in the early mornings. I wrote articles and built links from 3:00 AM.
After almost two hours of pounding on my laptop and finishing my second article, I decided to stretch on the rattan sofa and catch some sleep.
When the alarm sounded, I stirred, quickly got up, and shut down my laptop. I had to wash and clean Ted. Somebody wanted to see him at 7:00 AM that day.
Meet dear old Ted
Ted came to stay with us in September 2009. For over a year, we enjoyed his company, an ever-trustworthy and loyal companion.
Despite his old age, Ted never let us down except for a few occasions beyond his control.
Who’s Ted? Before you become too puzzled, I would like to introduce Ted.
Ted is the name of the Blue Gray 1992 Toyota Corolla that we bought from Dr. Melvin Mangana. It’s not hard to name our first family car because the license plate number reads TED 862.
How Ted joined our family
Our daughter started going to Nursery class in 2009. We observed that almost every month, she had bouts of asthma.
Then we learned she’s allergic to pollen and dust. Also, she was pretty affected by the noonday sun. Their Nursery class was dismissed at noon.
When Melvin and I talked, he mentioned in passing that he was selling his old car because he was getting a newer one. I expressed my need for a vehicle to ferry our daughter to school and home.
Melvin recalled having difficulty bringing his children to Kindergarten because he was driving a bike. He told me he was happy to let me have Ted, so I won’t experience what he went through.
Realizing my need and his concern for my daughter’s welfare, he and his wife Mila agreed to sell their car to us.
The great blessing is that I got Ted from them through a “payable-when-able” scheme.
As an employee of Central Philippine University and with my salary, I could only afford to buy an old car.
My family and I are grateful to Dr. and Mrs. Melvin Mangana for sharing Ted with us. Ted came at the right time.
He became Jadyn’s service in attending school and the Kid Zone at the University Church. Ted provided comfort and safety for Jadyn and the rest of the family.
Ted played a significant role in building our family life
For over a year that Ted stayed with us, he played an essential role in making our family. He would take us to places where our family could fellowship and bond.
Ted also bore witness to our family dynamics, which are familiar to any family. These included arguments, quarrels, and scolding.
Whenever things are intense and stressful, Ted’s facility enables us to drive around to find a better place to chill out.
When my younger brother Ivan died, Ted served us faithfully as we went about arranging many things for the burial. His fully tinted windows provided the needed privacy for sadness and tears.
The many long road trips to Ajuy, my wife’s hometown, were an excellent time for us to be together. Imagine being inside Ted’s four-door compartment for two hours.
More than the laughter, the food, and the countryside scenes we share along the way are the sentiments and dreams hatched. These trips with Ted are valuable and memorable.
Despite his old age, he never had any major mechanical failure. He carried us through many near or far, light or heavy trips.
We love Ted, but we have to let go of him
After wiping the last wet part of Ted’s hood, I summoned my wife and daughter to come.
We took the time to take pictures with Ted. His new owner was coming that morning and taking Ted with him.
We love Ted, but we must let go of him because we need a bigger vehicle, possibly a van, to carry our family belongings.
We were also leaving CPU, and we had to vacate the house on the campus where we stayed for six years.
My wife and I resigned from Central Philippine University because we could not bear the persecution we were going through anymore.
My wife, hired as Assistant Professor in August 2007, was reclassified as a staff member through a mere personnel action notice of the Human Resource office.
In my case, the administration, under the leadership of Dr. Ted Robles, diminished my salary without prior information or explanation.
We love Ted, but we must let go of him because we need to go somewhere where truth and justice prevail.
Thank you, our dear old Ted, for serving us faithfully for over a year.
As our first family car, Ted will forever remain in our memories.