WE CELEBRATED two birthdays at home in May — for my beloved Nanay (May 3) and for my niece, Mhaio (May 27), who is currently staying with us. We did the celebration for both on May 26.
There should have been one other birthday for us to celebrate in May. My father’s birth date is May 11, and we used to celebrate his birthday at home, too, together with my mother’s. He passed away in October last year, however.
We sorely missed Ama. Marielle would often sob in her sleep when she dreams of him. Johan would remember the activities they did together. But Ama is no longer with us and we have to move on with our lives without him.
There were only two cakes last May 26 when there were supposed to be three. Even our photos seemed incomplete and lacking in color. We all felt sadness deep inside, for in our hearts Ama left a gaping hole. But there were enough reasons to celebrate and be happy. So we celebrated with lots of food and even more laughter. Ama would not have wanted it any other way.