Settled back in the apartment with liniment on my back. My posture isn’t helping me with this backache that’s been with me for a long time. Applying the soothing lotion makes me feel old – but better. Still, I feel old. I smell old too. It’s what the aunts applied before they slept. Its scent reminds me of them. It makes one feel secure and cared for.

It’s part of the job. It’s been a long time since I had a back massage. It’s one of the reasons why I’m looking forward to that trip to Bacacay. There’s an on call manghihilot and she’s great. If my finances would have allowed it, I’m willing to take monthly (12-hour) trips to get that massage.

I’m counting the days. I so want to be home with the oldies right now.


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