We shopped a lot today, which is my favorite part of visiting Manila!! The exchange rate is awesome right now, so I was ready!! However, I have gained weight since our last trip which is not a good thing when shopping in stores geared toward Asians!! Seriously, how the fuck can this be a large, it feels like spandex :) So I combated my growing depression by drinking boba and eating every Filipino dessert and treat we encountered!! Productive Jake!! They also have the cutest shoes but never in my size. Ugh!
Tonight, we attended Derrick's 25th high school reunion. Derrick's mom worked hard to send her children to private schools. She sold Christmas hams to pay for tuition and was determined to have her children be educated and successful. For as rough around the edges as she seems, I have nothing but respect for her. The reunion solidified this because I was able to see the quality education Derrick received because of her determination. St. Jude's is an awesome school and Derrick's "batch" is full of love, laughter, enthusiasm. Their happiness was infectious and the night was awesome.
I loved that they did the reunion right in the school. Although I heard it changed a lot, it really helped me picture a young, ambitious Derrick going to school there from preschool through high school. I was a bit nervous at the beginning of the night when we started with a 1 hour Catholic mass!! This is expected because it is a Catholic school, but I was like "this is going to be a long night!" However, a very "fabulous" friend of Derrick's from high school was in charge of the actual program, and let's just say girlfriend brought his "A" game people!! It was the gayest thing I had ever seen! There was Madonna (the pop star not the Virgin Mary) dance routines and a trans comedian doing a spin of Dear Abby. The trans comedian also came out and did a whole Q&A session with the audience as Miss Universe! It was fantastic and I couldn't even understand 75% of it because it was in Tagalog! Lol!!
It was awesome night!!
Right when we brought Dillon (our oldest son) we quickly realized we needed to think of what he would call us! He quickly named my husband Daddy and upon hearing his 2 year old friend call one of his 2 dads "Doda", Dillon decided on Dodie. After years of constantly lobbying for "Papa", I have grown to love and adore my name Dodie Here is a blog about my journey as Dillon and Jerry's Dodie!
My son Dillon was in foster care for 1,377 Days. We finalized our adoption of this firecracker boy in March of 2015 a few months before his 6th birthday. We are now in the process of adopting Dillon's younger brother "Jerry" from foster care! This blog will help paint a picture of two gay men raising two boys in this every changing world.