I still have a copy of the last communication I ever had with him. It was an email that he sent me in the final weeks of my University of Richmond career:
Squeeze out 4 lemons into a bowl. Add twice as much soy sauce or keep tasting it until the mix is neither too sour nor too salty. Add a little red hot pepper or tobasco, if that's all you have, to make it a little hot. Add garlic powder. Cut up the octopus and mix them together. Let it sit for about an hour to let the octopus soak up the juice.That's right, folks. The last thing my father ever shared with me was his Octopus Kelaguen recipe. The Nintendo game that he refers to is the Playstation that I forgot to take home with me when I visited Saipan for two weeks around Christmas time in 1999. Then there is, of course, the infamous canoe trip.
You can do the same with fresh fish or half cooked chicken or beef to make fish, chicken, or beef kelaguen.
We mailed you your Nintendo game a while ago. Did you get it?
I will be departing for my canoe trip tomorrow morning. I will be back around the 15th of April. Enjoy the kelaguen.
Today was a sad day, but at least I was able to spend it with friends. I knocked out a few hours of community service in the morning, spent the afternoon barbequing with people I love, and won my first soccer game of the season 3-1. I even managed to do a load of laundry.
This little note was one of the last things, if not the last thing, my father ever wrote. Just goes to show that you never know what life has in store for you.
Right now my life is good; I plan to use what remains of it well.
I hope you do the same.