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Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Fourteen years hence!


Coby Posted by Hello

Today is my youngest son's birthday. Fourteen years ago, at this time, my wife was huffing and puffing air out of her system. Coby is, she believes, the hardest of them all. It was a breach birth (or whatever is the term used for that kind of birth). The doctors were baffled because though they felt the baby to be round, it didn't feel like the head. They ran xrays and found out its the butt that's going out first.

Coby, young as he is, is trying to find his place in the sun. Like his siblings, he's independent and has a mind of his own. He's more into sports. He did try the violin and even gave a recital but because his kuya is deep into it already, I believe he wants to something else. Sports! That's what preoccupies him. He plays basketball constantly and trained in swimming. You should see him do the breaststroke. While all the children in my family swim, he swims the longest and the fastest.

One of the amusing stories I tell about him is that episode where he had a crush while he was in Grade 5. First, he asked his mom to buy him Ferrero Roche chocolates. The big one! This made his sisters quip, "Naku Coby, tama na ang chocnut no!" All this happening behind my back. Then Christmas time, he asked his mom again to buy him a teddy bear. When my wife picked up a small one, he refused and picked a bigger one and a lot more expensive. His mother gave in. My wife secretly showed it to me and whispered, "your son is becoming to be a man now, look!" And then shows me the teddy bear. Now comes the eve of the school's Christmas party. I went to the gifts section of the house and pretended i didn't know a thing. I picked up the teddy bear (now wrapped) and asked, "Ma, who's gift is this?" Coby ran to his mother inside the kitchen and giggling, blaming his mom for not keeping the gift.
Then, he went out and guiltily pointed at Kim. "That's for Kim from her secret admirer!" Kim looked at Coby and said, "You want me to tell the truth?" I was already laughing at this time.

Dinner time, Nitz, my wife, forgot all about it and reminded the children about the gifts they're bringing to school for friends. She goes, "Fix your bags early and put the gifts inside them so that you won't forget anything tomorrow." And the clincher, "Coby, have you put the your teddy bear in your bag?" At that, I shouted, "GOTCHA!!!" Coby was so red in the face.

The following day, I spoke to Coby man to man. "How did you decide you wanted to give her a teddy?" Then he answered, "She asked for it." I said, "Wow! She must be your girlfriend already, no?" He smiled and said, "No, I'm just starting to court her."

Funny no?

Happy Birthday Coby! We all love you very much!

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20 Comments:

Blogger ting-aling said...

Happy Birthday to Coby. Iba ang lambing ng bunso ano Tito Rolly? I am sure he is malambing to his mom. My son can tell me all his secrets, from underwears to popping nipples, etc.

Tito Rolly, your getting there..

Happy B-day again..

8:07 AM  
Blogger transience said...

happy birthday, coby! you're blessed with a great dad. =)

8:58 AM  
Blogger metal said...

a great kid from a great dad...kung nasa tabi lang ako ni Coby, i'd tap his shoulder and say: "you lucky dude!".

Happy birthday to Coby and "Hail the King of the day!!!"

8:19 PM  
Blogger Apol said...

oo nga, he's one lucky dude!

happy bday coby!

9:36 PM  
Blogger cathcath said...

happy birthday coby....

9:53 PM  
Blogger Luchie said...

Happy happy birthday to your dear Coby!

11:04 PM  
Blogger Dr. Emer said...

I'm sure you were surprised when Coby told you that the girl who asked for the teddy bear wasn't his girlfriend yet....in your time, it was probably the other way around. Girls had to be girlfriends first, before we buy them the stuff that they like. These days, courtship pa lang, demanding na sila.....hehehe.

Happy birthday, Coby! =)

Next time, don't be shy to ask your dad for tips on what to give the girl to win her heart in the shortest period of time possible. I trust Tito Rolly is an expert in those matters....right, Tito Rolly? =)

2:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you po sa inyong lahat!

Coby

6:01 AM  
Blogger Sassy Lawyer said...

happy birthday kay bunso! :)baka sunod nyan, diamond na ang hingin pang-gift sa babae. hehehe

6:39 AM  
Blogger JMom said...

Happy Birthday, Coby! :)

So did the teddy bear work? Is she his girlfriend na?

12:13 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

Tingaling I think i'm already there. Puro teen ager na mga anak ko. So far naman lumalaki silang responsible at hindi sakit ng ulo. While sanay din naman sila sa mga kalaro, mas sanay silang sila-sila naglalaro at naglalandian. Maingay nga lang bahay namin.

Transience Thanks a lot! I wish I heard my kids say that. Sometimes I need some affirmation from them, too, you know.

metal I'm sure you are a great dad yourself. Thanks for the compliment.

Apol Thnaks ha...

Cathy Thank you...

luchie thanks also...

Doc Emer Hindi yata itinuloy ni Coby at nawalan ng gana. Me follow up kwento yun pero ayaw kong ikwento dito kasi magiging snitch ako e. (Sa berks na lang, hahaha)

Sassy Sa totoo lang, palagay ko, sa dalawang lalaki ko, si Coby ang maganda ang magiging asawa Marunong si Cobyng lumambing ng babae e. Si mickey, kuripot.

JMom I don't think he did. He lost interest yata, e.

4:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kuya RO! :)

just read your anecdote about COBY. sayang! tapos na b-day nya, pero, HAPPY BIRTHDAY na rin...

to you, kuya ro, i really hope that more dads (and even moms! :)) will get to read this entry for them to learn a COOL way of dealing with their kids in terms of teen issues like this one. :) sana marami pang daddy na kasing-COOL mo!

re-match later! tennis weather today! :)


ATE WI :)

12:00 PM  
Blogger ajay said...

Nice anecdote, Tito... feeling ko malapit lapit na ring maging Coby Part II ang anak ko, hope i'll be as kewl as you when the time comes. Belated happy birthday to Coby:)

2:15 PM  
Blogger TinTin said...

(aka pinayhekmi)

I like your son's name. Happy B-day to him!

3:12 PM  
Blogger cayib said...

hello..... belated happy birthday to you Coby.......

7:56 PM  
Blogger Poppycock said...

tito rolly,

happy birthday to your coby :)

talaga, time really flies so fast specially when you see your children grow right before your very eyes. sana lang wag masyado mabilis ... kasi mabilis din tayo tatanda!

misispi

9:43 PM  
Blogger Cerridwen said...

time gives us memories to cherrish...as you just did tito rolly.

Happy 14th year in the world Coby! May you gather all the best experiences in life to teach you more great things.

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is nothing sweeter in this world than to see a young man in love.

Sir Rolly, I'm linking you up in my blog. :-)

ergoe

6:27 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

Ate Wi you think I'm a cool dad? That's very flattering. Anyway, sorry at nakalimutan ko yung panglaro ko nung Thursday. Babawi pa naman tayo kina Jon. Di bale, next Thurs. An premonition ko, 6-3 score. hehehe

Ajay Darating at darating yan sa buhay ng tao. Pag inabutan na ng mating season ang lalaki, halos wala ka ng magagawa. Pigilin mo, lalo lang huhulagpos. So far, yung kay Coby at that time e laru-laro lang. Cute pa. hehehe

Tintin You might be interested to know his full name... It's Jasper Jacob. I had to think of unique names for my kids because my surname is a dime a dozen here in the country. E si Coby, bunso, medyo nauubusan na ko ng idea. Anyway, my children's names are: Kraiganne, Mizel Miguelo, Keshia Marie and Jasper Jacob. Siguro naman kokonti lang ang makakapangalan nila kung meron man.

Cayib Thanks for droping by. I was trying to go visit your site, too, but it seems you haven't started anything yet. Or have you? Lagay mo naman dito ang addy.

misisP Sinabi mo pa! Ang bilis nating tumanda no. Di bale, I still have the spirit of a 17 year old. hehe

Cerridwen That's very profound! Thank you.

ergoe Una, takang-taka ko why you should sign your posts in the pinoy poets site as "samakatwid".. hehe It took sometime to sink in. Minsan bobo ko e. Anyway, welcome to my site. hope you like it here. i'm linking you up, too. Thanks

9:41 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

Happy Birthday!!! I'm so late with my greeting. I haven't had much time to bloghop lately. Better late than never naman diba? Diba? :D

10:44 AM  

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