For Pareng Carme to die so suddenly at 40 years is unfair.
That’s putting it lightly.
Some would even say that Carme was stolen from his family… from his wife and kids, from his loved ones, from his friends.
Like a candle whose flame was snuffed out at the height of its brightness.
But that, in essence, is Life — it’s not fair. It’s not all roses and lemonade. Sometimes it can be frustrating, and sometimes, it can downright suck!
But we continue to live it… for what other (sane) choice is there?
Thus, with Carme’s passing, all that’s left to us — his friends — are the happy, laughter-filled memories of time spent with him when he was still alive.
I will never forget them:
- Carme’s amazing talent in Chess which, surprisingly, and to his great frustration, did not automatically translate to a similar command of Games of the Generals 🙂
- His unique style of delivering a joke — tell it ala-deadpan… but before ending, be the first to laugh at own joke… and, for emphasis, proceed to hit the person he’s telling the joke to on their shoulders 🙂
- His tendency to be gullible, especially when it’s his friends who are leading him on. However, and this is a realization brought about by hindsight… he probably allowed us to “fool” him just so he can punch us later when he “finds out” 🙂
- His patently infectious laugh, especially those made at his own expense (see memory #2 above)
We miss you, pare. Magkikita din uli tayo balang-araw.