|Pedro Aron (22 Feb 1920 – 10 May 2011)|
This week, we said goodbye to my uncle and ninong, Pedro Aron, whom we fondly call Nompe (from Ninong Ped). He was the husband of my mom’s eldest sister, Ninang Oying. He was 91 years old. He lived a full life, mostly in the service of the Lord.
I am thankful for the privilege of knowing him, loving him and being loved by him. I am thankful to have fond memories of my loving uncle, specially during summers when we were kids. We would run around and play in and around their house, ransack their pantry, and pick fruits from his garden. I also remember his purple yams which he would harvest just days before Christmas and then he and my other uncle (Ancho who passed away 5 years ago) would turn it into the best halayang ube I have ever tasted. I guess he and Ancho are now happily reunited in heaven.
While we expected to spend more summers and Christmases with him, and totally did not expect him to pass away so soon, we know that he is now in a better place, in perfect health, no longer old and frail. I know that he is now singing praises to God in heaven. While it is a time of deep sorrow and grief for the family he left behind, it is also a time of celebration knowing that Nompe received a grand welcome in heaven.
I am thankful for the hope of resurrection that we have in Christ Jesus. I am thankful and at peace in the knowledge that I will see Nompe again, in God’s time.