“How many times will we celebrate my birthday?” Mom asked me earlier today.
I told her, it is okay to celebrate it again with her favorite desserts and another cake. The other Sunday, we already celebrated her birthday in advance thinking that my brother would fetch her any day soon but it took two weeks more before my brother could schedule a day convenient to him. She will be going home tomorrow after almost two months with us. She was clapping her hands when she saw me making one of her favorite desserts, a yummy buko salad. Josef’s girlfriend gifted her with another cake and lots of baon for tomorrow. She loves munching on peanuts and cornik while playing her favorite card game.
I was forced to watch afternoon television when she learned of the channel that shows nonstop Tagalog movies. There is an unspoken agreement between us that at the strike of 3pm, she positions herself in front of the television to watch feature presentation. Since she is hard of hearing, the sound has to be a little loud. Sometimes she laughs and shouts and enjoys the stories shown there. I will definitely miss her. She has this habit of rubbing my back while we are seated together watching. At times, I have to repeat words so she could understand but that’s okay too. I could not imagine how it is that you can hear sounds but you can’t understand.
Two days more to go.
HAPPY 86th BIRTHDAY MOMMY! You are a shining star in my sometimes bleak world.