When Vinny told me last October that he will go backpacking in South America “alone” until December I nearly died. I was very worried, scared & stressed. I couldn’t sleep for many nights. I talked to my friends and some said let him go and some said don’t let him go. So the more I got confused.
I know he is already in the age were I can’t stop him from doing what he wants to do. All I can do is PRAY.
The only thing I asked him was to please stay in a nice hotel so it will be safe. He told me: “how can I meet people Mom if I stay in a 5 star hotel. I have to stay in hostels so I will meet fellow backpackers.” I didn’t know what a hostel is. He told me: “room sharing and common bathroom.” I died again.
I let destiny take it’s course.
When the time came for him to leave I stayed close to my phone. It was going to be my only connection to him.
On my first night in Vienna I texted him around 4am (Vienna time) cos I was jet lagging. “Where are you na?” He replied: “Ethiopia.” Bigla akong na pa tayo, lumuhod at nag dasal. “Dios ko po, dios ko po. Hindi ko yata kaya. Tibayin nyo po ang puso ko. Amen.”
I replied to his text acting normal cos I didn’t want him to know that I was freaking out.
“Are the people there ok?” He said: “Yah.” “Are they black?” He said: “uhmmmm… yah.”
He was in Brazil for a month and he met some really nice people there. And he had fun. We constantly skyped and Whatsapp.
He sent us a picture with a caption: “mi chica Braziliana. hehehe”
I prayed again. “please, please God ‘wag sana i uwi ni Vinny and chica na yan. Dios ko po. Maawa kayo sa akin.”
Then he went to Argentina. First thing I asked when he got there was: “How’s your hostel?” “It’s okay, Mom. I am rooming in with 2 French gilrs.”
I prayed again. “please, please God. maawa kayo sa akin. Please.”
I told Claudia: “can you tell your brother to buy some condoms.” Claudia freaked out and screamed: “I’m not telling him that. You tell him you’re the Mother.”
He also had fun in Argentina. He met new friends and they went around Argentina together.
Last week he was already in Bolivia. He texted me and told me that he won’t be able to text me for 4 days cos there is no signal in the places they’re going.
I prayed again. “Please God. Please lang.”
For 4 days I didn’t hear from him except 2 texts saying he was okay. I couldn’t breathe the whole time. Kung ano ano na nasa isip ko. I couldn’t sleep well at night.
He was back in his hostel and he sent me a few messages. May bonus pa. He posted pictures in Facebook with a caption:
“Just came from a 4 day trip in southwest Bolivia from Tupiza to Uyuni. Lots of flamingos, llamas, rocks, cacti and salt. One of the best roadtrips of my life.”
And let me share to you some of the pictures: (click photos for better viewing)
I shared this story with you:
first – becos it is a very nice feeling to know that your child is having the time of his life. Especially Vinny cos he deserves it. Have I told you that he is going to graduate this December with Merits in London School Of Economics major in Economics History?
second – when I let go of Vinny, I let God. I prayed and put him in the hands of God. I trusted.
And God indeed is a great God.