Part 2: Life on the Road Education- Choosing Raffy, My Unmanly Boy- Maolbaol, Philippines
This is a series about an angel we met. His name is Raffy and we live across the alley from him, on purpose. We’ve been offered cheaper homes, maybe better, but this is where we stay, where I can watch Raffy playing with his hands or looking deeply into his bowl of rice or laughing with his little niece. We’re also next to Savedra Dive Center, which is our lifeline and which keeps all of us busy loving sea turtles and the aquatic heaven here. We’re also in the hub of our kids amazing social life, a life we already know we won’t want to leave in three and a half weeks. But, Raffy. I can see Raffy. I can admire his mom’s beauty and how she raises him. I wake up to Raffy asking passer-by-ers if they want a massage or hear him laughing. Raffy.
We’ve got lots to say about Raffy. Here’s one little update from a few weeks ago:
[EDITOR NOTE: The image above is a screen shot I took from Facebook, now edited to remove the word ‘retarded.’ I have upset many people I respect and just want to clarify that I had no intention of disrespecting anyone. I do not and have not lived in a world of PC world for many years. I had zero intention of upsetting or disrespecting anyone. I apologize and will not use the word ‘retarded’ any more in my descriptions, for when I do, I am losing part of the light and magic I am trying to convey. My deepest apologies. Gabi]
We have so much to learn, including but not limited to how to eat only one snickers bar, how to get to bed (sometimes) on time so that we can read and cuddle, and how to fall in love with Raffy and life here, and not be heartbroken when it’s all said and done. Unlike the ranch in Costa Rica or the village kids on Koh Rong Island, Cambodia, it looks like here, some of our dearest ones, including Raffy, have internet, so we may be able to Skype from time to time. That makes this modern globe a much smaller place.
Know any Raffys who warm your heart and fill your soul? Know those tiny moments when you’re child does something and you sigh, knowing in a very deep and quiet way, that you’ve done something right as a parent. That somewhere in all of that talk about the light within you, you were heard, and your child, your otherwise mischievous, hell-raising son shows deep compassion and exercises his right to act from honor. Thank you Orazi. Thank you Raffy. We love you!
“Love you!” I can hear him saying back, as he smiles and waves. I hope I will always remember that voice.
The reason we stayed in the Philippines for two and a half month was solely because of Savedra Dive Center. They are responsible for Gabi becoming Advanced Open Water Certified, for Kobi earning his Dive Master, for our kids dancing underwater with sea turtles and for Kobi and I getting lost in waterfalls and avalanches of sardines. Because of Savedra Dive Center we laughed tons, Kobi drank more than he usually does, and we made and our kids made friends who will remain in our hearts forever. Should you plan a trip to Philippines and have any desire to dive, with all of our hearts, we recommend diving with a professional super-fun staff and high quality equipment at Savedra. We felt safe enough to put our kids underwater with Savedra and that just about says it all. And if you go, tell Lee that Gabi is always, always, always right and that he sucks! On the other hand, tell Hermann that he is a God.
We’ve written a highly inspirational e-book about money and how you can take these ten steps to make your travel dreams come true. It has helped many and helps us continue our travel dreams. I do hope you will consider spending the $8 and learning/ be reminded of what you can do, starting today, to make your family world travel dreams come true. You can do it too friends. You can. You can.
Thank you dearly,
Gabi, Kobi, Solai, Dahnya, and Orazi