Heard melodies are sweet but those unheard are sweeter, an excerpt from Ode On A Grecian Urn written by the romantic poet John Keats. This is one of my favourite poems.

There are so many interpretations of this verse and my own is of someone you are so much in love with and words are not enough to express your feelings, but when manifested with actions such as the sacrifices you are willing to do for your loved ones, it will be more potent than all the descriptive words spoken.

The first week of September is the celebration of Father’s Day and I dedicate this article for all the fathers in the world.

Most fathers are subdued in expressing their emotions. However, they will always do whatever it takes to protect their families from all unexpected events and predicaments.

They appear to be strong and a disciplinarian. Deep within, they have a soft spot for their children especially their daughters. Arguably, fathers are the foundation of a family unit but of course with the help of mothers. Fathers have a major role in the development of their children. Children who have a wholesome relationship with their fathers grow up to be well-balanced, happy and responsible adults.

In today’s environment, fathers have a myriad role in the family. They are not only seen as a breadwinner but also take an active part in household chores and the upbringing of their children.

Every Father’s Day, I always remember my Dad. Like the verse in the Ode On A Grecian Urn, my father is a man of few words. Yet his heart was as big as the universe and beyond. He had helped his brothers and sisters as well as my mom’s brothers and sisters to be able to finish their university degrees in Manila. He was a person who would give his last money in his pocket to anyone asking for help.

I still remember his smile, that was as warm as the morning sun, his laughter was so infectious like the sound of the echo of the roaring seas. His eyes will sparkle like the stars in the sky of happiness every time he was surrounded with loved ones, families and friends. His generosity, kindness and joyous nature continue to resonate with me, thus having an impact and tremendous influence in all my writings. I love and miss you, dad… I really do.


Excerpt from my book Reflective Contemplations:

It is not enough to say the word
“I LOVE YOU” to your loved ones
It must be manifested by actions
or else the words become meaningless

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LORNA RAMIREZ was born, raised and educated in Manila in the Philippines, attaining a degree in Chemical Engineering and working as a laboratory manager in a textiles company. In 1977, with her husband and her son and daughter she migrated to Australia. She worked as a laboratory technician and a chemist in Australia, only retiring in the year 2000 to care for her first grandchild. Lorna Ramirez has travelled extensively, gaining much from her interactions with people all over the world and building a strong foundation for her philosophies about life. She loves gardening, cooking, and reading and playing the piano. She is also interested in the Stock Exchange. Throughout her life, Lorna Ramirez, a woman of faith, has been a wise observer of human behaviour and has collected her many pearls of wisdom and observations to produce this inspiring and uplifting book.


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