One day, back when I was still little
I met my grandma and her eyes always twinkled
I lived in her house for a week
It was a great place to play games like hide & seek
She always cooked us food
And the taste, oh my, so good!
She always wears lots of colorful dresses
Her house is clean because she always cleans the messes
She has a small store by her house
And in her house, there’s not even a single mouse
She’ll always be my best friend and grandma
She took care of us, also my grandpa
She never gives up even when she’s tired
Her kindness is something I really admire
She has a very nice smile
She’s not far from being sweet, not even a mile!
She’s always been by my side
When I heard what happened, I cried
She is now in a better place
I will never forget her face
She always told the nicest stories
And of course, none of them were boring
I always enjoy being with her and the rest
I will try to be strong and do my best
Nanay, I will really, really miss you
But I know I will have to say goodbye too
I like to say I love you
Rest in peace, please do
Note: I asked Kristine to write down her feelings and thoughts, because she was really distraught when she heard about her Nanay passing on. All the words in this poem are hers, which she wrote by hand, along with the picture she drew on a big heart-shaped piece of paper. I just did some editing (because this is what I do), but this is all Kristine’s creation.
I cried after reading it for the first time and I hugged her tight. My daughter is so sweet. And she really captured the essence of who Nanay is to her.