Two of my classmates birthday is today — one has turned legal. One of my friends in high school has the same birthdate as well. Happy birthday, Darling! And lastly, definitely not the least, it’s Mami’s day— Andrea’s Lola.
Naldie & I were invited to attend Mami’s 67th birthday celebration. Most of the people who came were her closest relatives and family. While sitting with a bunch of we-don’t-know-who, I kind of feel how tight their family tie is. From the way they address one another to how they treat each other. All native food was served. And while eating, the usual thing, reminiscing the past came by. They’ve shared stories of their young lives, their careers to their present lives.
Before going home, since most of her guest left already, we had the chance to greet Mami a happy birthday and both gave her a kiss. We sang a birthday song for her while Naldie dances. She looks so young, happy and alive — even with a little ribbon in her hair. That happiness which is priceless. We sat beside her for awhile and had a little chit-chat.
Me: Mami, thank you po. Happy happy birthday! Ang saya naman po ng birthday party niyo.
Naldie: Oo nga po. Ang ganda-ganda niyo pa, Mami.
Tita: Masaya ya ing baby mi ken? Kalagu na ne? Kiss ke pa pen!
(Tita kisses her Mom which I find so sweet)
Mami: Ma-sa-ya ku ngeni. *teary eyes*
How fast life can be, they say. Last time, it was Mami who takes care of her own family but now, it’s the other way around. It’s like, one time, you’re as innocent as a crying baby; then, with a blink of an eye, signs of aging happen. And every single day that we had lived and will be living shall be lived on its fullest.