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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Eat my house, I die two chickens!

That is my brother-in-law's favorite birthday joke! In carabao-english fashion (does that term still make sense to the young?) he would elicit at least a smile from his his friends who would happen to hear it for the first-time. Of course, what this is is an invitation for a meal in his house as his birthday treat for his friends. Well, I did not ask friends to eat my house nor have I died two chickens.

I promised myself that although I am turning half a century, I will not make a big deal out of it and just enjoy it peacefully with my family. And that I did! We went to a cozy restaurant on my birthday, and had a very quiet dinner. What I did not know was that it would be a very memorable one for me, too. What happened was, we had ordered food, let the children decide what they wanted to eat, and enjoy the meal. When I asked for the bill, my eldest said,"It's on me! This will be my birthday gift to you." I could not believe that my eldest, who is now working, would be so generous as to pay for dinner. You see, she has just graduated from college, hence, is only a year old in her job. Not much pay yet but she took it on herself to help pay the bills, viz., the electric bill. I was quite touched. Even her siblings were surprised. "Wow! You're really paying for it."

Not really that quiet

Earlier, in school that day, the usual greetings from co-workers and friends came alright. But since payday was a few days away, I wasn't able to at least give the perfunctory pancit for the faculty. There seems to have been some sort of understanding that a birthday celebrant at least provide a little pancit for everyone in the faculty lounge. I had been having my share of free food so it is just natural that I give one, too. I plan to do that as soon as the paycheck arrives :-).

Anyway, after the First Friday mass, my closest friends whispered to me, "Go to the conference room! We're going to feed you." And feed me they did! This is my group who have breakfast together as each one of us bring food for the occasion. Well, that day, they all brought something without my knowledge. One of them even had a sugar-free cake for me which I was supposed to devour all by myself for feeling guilty that they have always prevented me from eating sweets! (They're such a darling, aren't they?)

Who said there would be no bang?

I think fifty years is a milestone worth remembering. Our closest family friends made sure I realize that. Well, the family had been going out with these guys for almost an eternity now that we already treat one another as extended family. Our children practically go to the same school! What is even more significant is that most of us are September born! As each of our birthday comes, the celebrant takes everyone to a certain place of choice to celebrate. Not this time as I am a little strapped for cash. Two of my children are in college and being in a trimester, it is enrolment time right now. It's a little stiff albeit the fact that we do enjoy discounts.

Anyway, my wife told me that the guys plan to have a joint celebration a day after my birthday. We all went on an overnight stay at Tagaytay to party! I treated myself by doing everything my doctor forbids me to. I supped, wined and partied all night. Who wouldn't have? These guys are a happy bunch and I am not spoiling the day, especially for me.

Once again, I am ending this post with, "I am so blessed!"



Anonymous bingskee said...

you are indeed blessed! friends are icings on the cake. God bless and more power to your 50th year in this planet we call Earth. :-)

8:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

somehow, i am looking forward to the perfunctory pancit. hehe.

it's me, it's me!

11:28 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

bingskee Yes, this is the type of icing I am allowed to take. Thank you.

Hey, I couldn't access your site anymore from this link.

Eu-nice And you shall. Looking forward lang naman eh. haha
HIndi syempre kakain ka din when that happens. :-)

Thanks for the visit.

6:04 AM  
Anonymous bingskee said...

try it again - http://www.bingskee.wordpress.com

thanks! and enjoy the day.

6:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

belated happy birthday tito rolly!

4:29 PM  
Blogger BatJay said...

happy birthday bossing. mukha namang naging masayang masaya. bata pa ang 50 - di pa kailangan ng viagra. hehehe.

if it's your birthday and i am in town, i will die two carabaos.

4:58 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

batjay Thanks. Sige sana nandito ko next year so that I can have a taste of the two carabaos.


On second thought, mas maganda siguro ipang araro ko na lang yun dito sa bakuran ko and raise my own kind of rice.

5:56 AM  
Blogger auee said...

Belated happy birthday, Tito Rolly! Sounds like you had the best celebration yet.

Your eldest is probably so proud & happy to be able to treat you on your birthday. I can imagine her pride & yours.

6:17 AM  
Blogger ipanema said...

it's good to be surrounded by loving people...yes you are indeed blessed!

belated Happy Birthday!:)

5:50 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

auee Me, proud? I'm ecstatic. All those years...
Thank you.

ipanema Yes, I feel I am so blessed... just like the others, I hope.

Thank you.

7:50 AM  
Blogger {illyria} said...

happy birthday, my good man. i love that you treasured every bit of your special day. i could learn a thing or two from you.

5:34 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

illyria There can be something to be learned, even from this ignoramus. hehehe

9:52 AM  
Blogger gilbert yap tan said...

Hi Rolly,

Happy returns of the day! You're a golden boy now! welcome to the league ! :)

10:58 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

Gilbert Thank you. Golden? How I wish that term has a corresponding value in gold bars, hahaha

9:21 AM  
Anonymous bayi said...

I believe all your friends feel as blessed to have you as their friend.

If you need confirmation (which you shouldn't), as anyone of them!

And you can start with me!

Half a century is a wonderful milestone, Rolly. I am sure you will agree. :)

4:21 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

Bayi Yes, a milestone. If only I could have accomplished everything I had hoped to but then, if that happened, then what? At least, I am still looking forward to the next 50 as there are still a lot of things to be done.

9:03 AM  

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