Seldom do I celebrate my birthday on a sunny day. But rarely do I observe the same on a day surrounded by so much rain, floods and natural calamity all over. There’s this constant push-and-pull within to celebrate with some funfare or skip the bountiful meals altogether. I decided to observe with just a simple get-together among immediate family members since I have already planned things many weeks ago.
So just as we are (wishfully) granted with a birthday wish right after blowing the candle, mine is two-fold but very simple and selfless. One is for the rains to give the Philippines a break. I started counting the days that became a week that rolled into another one. Resiliency is the most overused consolation given to us by outsiders looking at news on TV and online. We’ve proven that time and again. But there is and will always be a breaking point. My primary wish is for better days ahead, which should give everyone here the chance (and long breathing space) to rise from it all. And this includes the heartbreaking condition of all the pets and animals who were either neglected or nearly flushed away by the raging waters.
My other wish may raise eyebrows from some quarters who expect bloggers like myself to focus more on all the misery. But I’d be a hypocrite if I don’t share what my heart wants as well. And it is also something that – if granted – would provide a bright ray of sunshine in an otherwise bleak month of August. May our Miss World Philippines Queenie Rehman achieve what she targetted for in Ordos, and that is the Miss World crown.
I will be having a simple lunch with family members then hear mass at 6:30 tonight. My birthday will easily pass. But my two-fold wish(es) should be more lasting. 😉