Next to “dentist,” the most frightening word for me is “change.”
A change in flight schedule makes me bite my nails; a change in daily routine makes me dizzy; a change in an appointment date tightens my throat; a change in weather causes me to sneeze non-stop and my nose to run. And now, this life-changing Covid-19 lockdown!
In short, in the aging process, I have become a creature of habit.
But there is one area where I enjoy change—writing. I change every word, every sentence, every punctuation mark, every concept, as quickly as I can blink. I switch from writing one book to another and to another. I thought this was a horrible habit, so I kept it a secret within the four walls of my writing room.
I thought wrong.
When I was in Cebu to guest at Childlink Learning Center and Childlink High School, Inc. late last year, I received a surprise certificate. It referred to me as a “Master of Change.”
“Dragonflies shed their old selves over and
over again, from the wingless swimmers
they’re hatched in the water to air-breathing
crawlers up blades of grass or cattails.
There they finally unfurl the wings
they’ve been growing in secret preparation
for this day—and they take to the air.
You make it look so easy.”