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Today’s word is harana. This is the act of wooing someone by serenading him or her.
This brings back to mind a night so many years ago. My now child-bride Suzanne and I had broken up. She was 16 and I was 19. You can read about how we first got together in my posts that are called Master Control.
Like I said, Suzanne and I had broken up. It was my fault. I am the king of misunderstanding communication. We had been broken up a while, but I had promised to take her to try for her driver’s license. She wrote me a letter that reminded me I had promised to take her and if I did not I was a liar.
As it turns out, I had made arrangements to go out with a different girl later in the evening after I took Suzanne to get her license. While I was waiting for Suzanne to take her driving test, I decided to call the girl from the pay phone (remember them?) at the highway department.
The girl gave me every cliché excuse you ever heard of to tell me she could not and would not go out with me that evening or any other one for that matter.
Later, I noticed that no girl back home would even look at me, much less speak to me. What I learned later is that one of Suzanne’s friends had found out that I had a date with this girl, and the Sisterhood persuaded the girl and all girls to avoid me like the plague. As the old saying goes, I could not even get arrested, much less get a date.
A few weeks later, I was back at my home at McClendon Manor when I got a phone call. It was a girl whose voice I did not recognize. It turns out this girl was one of Suzanne’s cousins. She and I talked for a bit and then she asked me if I wanted to talk to Suzanne.
Suzanne got on the phone and we talked for a little while. She started playing records over the phone and I played some back. After a few songs, Suzanne played Are You Lonesome Tonight? by Elvis Presley. I asked her to go with me again and she told me she would tell me the next day.
She had a friend tell me that, yes, she would go back with me and the rest is history.
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These words and these photos are from an article by Isabelle Laureta on BuzzFeed titled “36 Of The Most Beautiful Words In The Philippine Language”. All credit goes to them.
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