For my high school graduation gift my mom allowed me to go to Boracay with my friends. It was my first time flying without her. I was walking around the market when I felt a sudden rush of pain in my tummy…hello ulcers, at the beach, without mom. I called her and told her all about it, and her tone of voice was one I’d never forget. It was the I-love-you-why-are-you-so-far-away-I’m-frustrated-you’re-hurt-and-I-can’t-fix-you voice…my mental recorder plays it sometimes when I’m sick. She told me to drink warm milk..which was odd but actually worked and I was fine the next day 🙂

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