Finding comfort in our memories of lolo and lola
MANILA, Philippines – What do the words lolo and lola mean to you?
For Filipinos, lolo and lola mean more than the names we call our grandparents.
They’re our kakampi, or the allies who take our side readily when our parents tell us off for being too naughty. They are the ones who spoil us with all the candy and toys mom and dad would otherwise not give us too much of.
They are more than the parents of our own parents.
Recently, we asked our followers to share with us some of their most treasured memories with their grandparents. We specifically asked about the little ways lolo shows his love, summer memories with lolo and lola, and favorite dishes made by lola.
These are some of the best responses that triggered our own nostalgia for times spent with lolo and lola.
Summers with lolo and lola
When we were children, summers meant warm, idle days spent running around with playmates and enjoying a filling afternoon merienda.
It also meant vacations. And that one trip we look forward to the most is our visit to our grandparents’ place, if they don’t live with us. It’s one of the few things we look forward to in the year because it allows us to relax and spend time with the family while enjoying yummy treats.
Lolo, a constant companion
Fathers are tough. While they want to keep their children from harm, they’d also want them to toughen up as well and be independent.
But as grandfathers, they become more relaxed. They spoil their apo in ways they spoiled their own kids – sometimes, even more.
Some of these ways include waiting for them to get home from school, bonding with them, and simply providing guidance and care even when the apos are already grown-ups themselves.
Lola, the best cook
Nothing beats our mom’s cooking – but before her, there was lola.
(READ: In praise of mama’s cooking)
It was lola who taught her everything she needed to know. She’s the one who handed down to our mothers the family recipes that we now enjoy. And for those who are able to enjoy lola’s sumptuous home cooked recipes, nothing tastes quite like them.
But while lola’s cooking repertoire might be diverse, it’s the simple treats – the comfort food we look forward to after a long day from work or school, made even better with cheese – that we remember most.
But it’s not only lola. Sometimes, lolo takes the time to prepare meals before apo heads out, too!
The relationship between apo and his lolo and lola is quite unique. They’re our protectors like our parents, but they’re also our friends. They can be strict, but they’re also the ones who’ll even join us as we play.
They show their love in a million different ways, big and small. Now that we’re grown-ups, we miss the time we used to spend with them and the way their home cooked meals give us comfort like nothing else can.
For us, the words lolo and lola come with some of our fondest, warmest memories that hug us when we’re down.
Do you have your own #YakapStory with lolo and lola to share? Sound off in the comments section! – Rappler.com
Illustrations by Alejandro Edoria