Celebrating Awesomeness (?) 
Zita by Arturo Rotor

    Beautiful story.
Even at the beginning of the story, I had a presumption that Mr. Reteche’s character was somewhat mysterious. When he chose to lodge in Turong’s place instead of Don Eliodors’ it gave me a hint of a mysterious character of sentimental, melancholic, or reflective: “And they let him do as he wanted, for the old men knew that it was not so much the nearness of the sea that he desired as its silence so that he might tell it secrets he could not tell anyone else.”

He was a teacher from the city who was asked to teach in the province especially to teach Don Eliodor’s daughter Zita to become a lady so that when they finally move to the city, she would not act as a “provinciana” anymore. Little did Zita know that she already grew in love with her teacher, Mr. Reteche.

It is quiet unclear to me if Mr. Reteche felt the same way to Zita. And the letters which he kept on receiving during his stay made me think that those were from his left loved in the city. And it gave me an idea that obviously, his past lover (if my assumption was right) was also named “Zita” which reminded him everytime he saw Zita, “He started pronouncing it and then he stopped as if he had forgotten something and just stared and stared at the paper in his hand. I heard my name repeated three times through his half-closed lips, 'Zita. Zita. Zita.'”

My sentiment went to Zita, especially. Unspoken love is really terrible because one should assume a lot that would eventually lead to confusion and doubt and frustration. Zita, most especially is a girl and a girl usually assumes a lot. When she described her take when she and Reteche danced, “Reteche seemed so serious and so intent that she should learn quickly; but he did not deceive her, for once she happened to lean close and she felt how wildly his heart was beating.” Of course, when a girl like Zita falls in love, she would assume a lot even the unnoticeable details. XD I wish Reteche at least told her about his feelings (if there is even any).

I wish I could articulate my impression on this notes in an orderly manner but maybe because I am too engaged with the story that I am also floating like what Zita felt for uncertainty and unclear assumptions. XD

And when Reteche received again a letter delivered by Turong, he tore the unopened letter and gather them to connect the torn pieces. Zita seemed to take it as confusing for she asked, “"Why do you tear up a letter if you must put it together again?" Reteche’s answer was rather interesting when he said, "Someday, Zita, you will do it too, and then you will understand." Truly, at the end of the story, Zita did this when she received a letter from Reteche when he was about to leave her place.

This story was beautifully written which captured a lover’s struggle for proper closure of a heart in doubt.