I met her at the Dean's Office of the College of Law four years ago. A look at each other and a shared 'taray' slap back for the enlisting faculty was all it took, and we were bonded like stamp to a letter and birds of a feather.
"Birds of the same feathers fly together in V formation." -Charmita
"Birds of the same flock feathers together." -Luis
To enumerate the things we share in common will easily become a long winding list. To enumerate the differences we have will produce the same effect. We are each others sanity in the madness that is law school, and life, per se! To fall in love with each other is to commit a sacrilege to a higher level soul bond we share. When she got pregnant with Cherish Naysha, we calmly and caffeinatedly discussed about how the kid will bear my surname. Upon careful discussion however, we realized that it we won't be the kid or Charm's reputation that would be saved, but would actually let the effin' sperm donor be scot-free. That should not happen. Besides, no reputation was besmirched to date.
Our conversations range from topics as mundane as the ten thousand uses of a chewing gum to the highly technical discussion of how airline companies, being a public conveyance, should be put under governmental regulations, or how exactly should child support be computed as to be responsive and yet guarded against scheming and unscrupulous 'serial mothers.' With just a look, we are able to convey to each other messages such as, "I NEED MY F@CKING KOFI NOW NA!!!
We play good cop, bad cop most of the time. When she flares at others I act as regulator and vice versa. Most fun of them all is when she and I flare together simultaneously, and when that happens, boy, do make sure to give us what we want, and fast, plus a hot towel and a back rub! =)
If there is one thing that softens the harshness and tames the savagery of Manila, it would be Charm and being with her. Hours after being back in the Batchoy Republic, I already miss her terribly. There are times when I would think how she fares in the jungles of Manila. Then again, two words... till then!
Legally Bond! Friendship Bond!DO not forget that the next time I'm around, we hit Ongpin to pig out and hunt for my ever elusive Chubby Chinito!
AHLABIA and AHMISHA Charmita.