As I looked at photographs of my FAMILY joining the world in celebration of Christmas, I can’t help but feel a bit wistful. If my memory serves me right, this is the second time I was not home on Christmas day.
Never have I imagined I will be joining the trend of working in a BPO. My sister first joined this so-called “call center” before I found myself clamping for one. I can still plainly remember, I told myself “I would never become a call center agent. I’m fine being a teacher even if this job pays me less than what I need. I can always apply to offices or to restaurants since I had experiences that can back me up should I get tired teaching.” It got back to me! And now… I’m already one of those who works during nighttime, sleeps on daytime and seldom celebrate Philippine holidays. Those significant and not so celebrated holiday dates have slowly escaped my brain. That is one of the detriment of working in a call center – seizing the freedom to relish the holidays here in the Philippines and that comprises Christmas.
First was 2007. And this time, 2008.
A poignant truth that I was on board the bus heading to our province whilst they party. It was supposed to be a surprise for them that I’ll be coming home for Christmas, however, it was not as I planned. I had a hard time boarding on a bus bound to our hometown. It usually takes up 4-5 hours of your time if you take public ride. Having your own car for a ride is an advantage since you can drive your way to shortcuts … and I don’t have one.
The moment I’ve known the bus I’m boarding is leaving at 9pm, I was certain I won’t make it on the Christmas eve. I was deeply asleep on my seat that I was not aware it’s already 12 midnight. Amidst the celebration is a heart full of longing and excitement. One odd thing, though, is that my cellphone ran out of battery and I can’t even call my family to greet them “MERRY CHRISTMAS!” and “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!” to my mother whom we especially make every year a very special festivity for our family.
It’s good that we have camera to capture every moment of happiness and merriment. Their happy faces on those pictures lead me back to our cozy house. I was really HOME on Christmas!