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  • My husband left to work abroad again. He'll be gone for a year.

    During the days leading into his departure, my daughter would cry if there is any mention of 'airplanes', 'leaving', or 'suitcase'. She would suddenly become quiet and sob. She said she will miss her daddy very much.

    The Philippines has seen a great number of its citizens choosing to leave the country to earn a higher income abroad. It is always the same rhetoric. They have to leave for the future of their children. People say they can earn in one month what they could earn for a year if they worked here. They will swallow any heartbreak they will feel in the process. Often, Overseas Filipino Workers come back to a family that does not recognize them. It such a painful trade-off - the future in exchange for alienation.

    This is not happening with our daughter though.

    The day my husband left, my daughter made a life-size replica of him using pillows. She put her Daddy's shirt over a pillow and drew a face on a piece of paper which she then taped on the pillow. She pretends it's her Daddy and sometimes talks to it.
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