Have you ever experienced a time when you just spent a long and tiring day, and you just want to crash in bed – not doing your usual chores or responsibilities at home? Because of a touching gesture of love, medical doctor Claude Homer Fong was able to skip his post-work routine at home for a day because of a surprise waiting for him.
Even though Grandparents’ day isn’t celebrated until next month, Fong took it his Twitter account how much he loves and appreciates his Lola Elen.
My grandma said she visited my condo but I wasn't there. When I got home, guess what I find. A new refrigerator, new table, new curtain, clothes folded, wardrobe tidy, bed made, and a clean room.
I don't know about you but grandparents are the best and I'm very grateful for her!
— Claude Homer Fong (@ClaudeCity) August 7, 2018
Fong shares to WHEN IN MANILA that he and his Lola Elen have a tight-knit relationship.
I grew up very close to my grandmother since our houses are just beside each other. Ever since, she has been loving and caring. We got separated when I moved to the United States when I was 12. From time to time, I’d call back home and talk to her. Finally, when I started medical school, I moved back to the Philippines. My grandmother was the one who took care of me, since my parents are overseas. Sometimes, she would even go as far as running some of my errands (e.g. going to the bank, buying groceries).
Despite the devastating news of his father’s death a few months ago, this setback turned out to be a blessing in disguise – this was when Fong and Lola Elen’s relationship strengthened.
She never let go of me. She even held tighter. She took care of me and even helped me financially pay for my medical school. Too bad she wasn’t strong enough to attend my graduation, but I could feel the love! My grandmother is my secret weapon and my favorite travel companion. I could not imagine a life without her. What I also love about her, is that every time I visit her, there would always be food and she’d know what my favorite dishes are!
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