NI: Rose Garcia
WALA man magarbong birthday party para sa ika-1st birthday ng unico hijo at pangalawang anak ng mga Kapuso Primetime King @ Queen na sina Dingdong Dantes at Marian Rivera na si Jose Sixto Dantes IV, siguradong pagtanda niya, isa sa memorable birthday niya ang kanyang first.
Noong April 16 ang first birthday ni Ziggy na siguradong kung hindi natapat sa enhanced community quarantine ay may party ito kasama ang mga pinsan, kamag-anak, ninong at ninang. Pero dahil naka-lockdown lahat, natuloy pa rin naman ang celebration ng birthday niya, pero sila-sila lang sa bahay.
Maituturing na special pa rin ito dahil kumpleto ang pamilya niya at ang mga magulang niya na punong-abala sa lahat. Si Marian ang nag-bake ng birthday cake niya katulong si Zia. Maaga pa lang ay nagluto na ito ng spaghetti. Si Dingdong naman ay nag-aral pang tumugtog ng gitara para raw makantahan nila ng “Happy Birthday” song ang anak.
At sa mismong birthday ni Ziggy, si Daddy Dong din ang naging barbero niya kunsaan, ito ang nag-cut ng hair ng napaka-guwapong bata.
Tila naging emosyunal naman si Dingdong nang mag-post ito ng birthday greetings for Ziggy na sabi nga niya na hindi pa niya alam kung kailan matatapos ang pandemic.
Ang buong mensahe ni Dingdong para sa anak:
It is day 33 for us here on lockdown and day 365 for you on Earth. Normally, we would gather all our relatives and friends to celebrate this special day with you, just like how your mother and I had done it when we reached the same milestone. Though as toddlers, we never really remembered anything— thanks to the pictures that reminded us how we are loved by the people around us.
But today, it’s just going to be us, Buddy— You, me, your Mother, your Ate Z, Ate Cecile, Ate Glenda and Kuya Emerson. But please know that there are many people like your cousins, grandparents, godparents and relatives who wish to see you and be with you today, probably to give a gift, a cake, or a simple tight warm hug. But not now…maybe when this is all over. When? I really don’t know, son.
To be honest with you, i fear the day that you would be marching towards this new world, this new normal, that we had created for your generation. What’s happening now is a clear manifestation of our actions and inactions— and we are reaping its effects which could benefit a few, but for most…just hard learnings about humanity, the planet and spirituality. But i guess as parents, that’s what we are here for. We are here to prepare you for that jungle out there. Though there is fear, it is also you (and your sister) who give me courage to carry on and strive to make this world a sustainable place to live in. You give me the drive to make me want to be a better version of myself.
And so, in as much as it should be you who should receive gifts, please know that you are the gift for us— a living reminder that we should get our acts together and ensure that when the time comes, you can freely walk the streets, breathe all the air that you want, play ball with your friends even at close distance, ride a bike, and return the hug to all your well-wishers today.
This picture will always be my reminder that in times of fear and uncertainty, i had found hope—through you.
Happy first birthday, Sixto.
PS. I hope you like the look, Buddy. Don’t worry…when the time comes, you can cut mine too! Haha!