WARNING: Heavy post.
First of all, I would like to congratulate myself for finally having a time to tell you stories. One Piece is devouring almost 3/4ths of my life and I am afraid I would not have the ability to speak and interact anymore.
So now, I’m going to unfold the tale of our Retreat! Retreateliteral is a compound word of Retreat and Literal which explains the phrase “presents PAGSUKO”, because we are having a retreat in a figurative language and not surrendering literally. Well, for some occasional happenings, we happened to be retreating… literally.
Retreat did not welcome us with open arms. It didn’t start well for Viana and I. It was a quite short story (which makes me frown whenever I think about it) but is more than enough to make us shed a tear. Goddamn misinformation.
We two arrived earlier than our classmates which pissed us off. We don’t have a choice but to ride with the grade six students.
Now let me tour you. Shall we?
This cute home is intended for the caretakers of the villa.
Our retreat’s theme was METANOIA. Metanoia came from the greek word metanoiein which means “change of mind and heart”.
Before we headed to the Retreat proper, we gather at the meeting hall to discuss about the expected changes, which is honestly i have doubted to be executed but never the less, some parts made it.
(This is not, by any chance, my shot. Kevs is just kind enough to give us high res copies of the photos. Wabyu, Ngemi. Mwa!)
Our first session was with Brother Ryan. It consists of two parts: The Autograph Signing event and that one event that made all hell broke loose for all of us. Robert, who was beside me that time, keep on sobbing and making sounds of hiccups. Why, if you may ask? Brother just made us imagine that what if.. what if one day.. you got home knowing that the most precious loved ones of your life are now gone? No final good byes or anything. Gone.
Meanwhile, on the autograph signing event, I promised myself to be honest. HA! I just got my first love signed on the…. “first love” label. Hallo, I am Merida.
After our session, dinner was served. Two sessions followed afterwards wherein we will all collaborate with the grade six. First, an activity and then second, succeeded by a discussion. The Grade 6 peeps were asked to helped us walk without using their hands to guide us all the way from the gate to our meeting hall as we were blindfolded. MADE IT! Thank you, Kyla.
There was a mass after that session and we wrote some sins we are to bury, some sort of fast confession. We also lighted some candles and made promises that we are going to try our best to refrain from committing the same deeds all over again.
We had a break for a while before we continue to our last session for that night.
And so we have finally arrived to the last session of the day, and you know what they say: Last but not the least. If I have been honest in our first session, I wish I would’ve been more honest in this session.
Ladies and Gents, THE UNITY WEB.
The Unity Web is a session wherein we have to be REALLY HONEST (and I’ve told you that I am not a hundred percent honest). We have 3 balls of yarn and we will throw one ball to a person we’d like to give a CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM. Then he/she will tie the yarn and throw it to another until the yarn constructs a web.
On our case, it became a “confession session”. All the things we’ve failed to say to our classmates, we told them all.
So I was crying on this part because when Arianne throw me the ball, she told me things that made me cry. Mind you, they were tears of… well not exactly joy but.. appreciation, maybe. I’ve received two throws and all I ever got for criticism sums up to one thing: “Stop being TOO kind. Reserve something for yourself.”
How come they can picture an egotistical moron like me as selfless and too kind? Gotta werk it bitch.
The confession that really got me is the confession exchange of Viana and Angelo. We all know that they’re in this “rocky boat” when you call it. I don’t know. I think that’s the only time I’ve heard a genuine and sincere confession after ages. BE, IDOL!!
We were supposed to continue our session til after midnight but when I am on my midway in my confession to Jerillynne, we got really really scared. We came to realize that we are the ONLY ones who are still outside and everybody’s preparing to sleep.
Even the guys approved to this suggestion: It’s time to end this and lets get the hell out of here.
Now, I am very sad to tell you that I have to end the first day here. I am still very eager to tell you what happened during the sleeping time, the morning time and day two!