Saturday, July 14, 2007
12" x 17", pen and ink on paper
(I am reposting this for my little nephew Zachary)
"Wiggy, Deus you will have a brother", my brother told his two sons on the arrival of his newborn child.
"Daddy... it's good na hindi babae", chirped Wiggy.
"Eh kasi Daddy, kapag babae ang taga-tagal bago mag-make-up, magbihis. Tapos ang tagal-tagal din sa banyo pag maligo. Tita Amor takes too long when she goes out."
10:00 p.m., my brother's carrying a little bundle - Zach.
"He wakes up at 9 every night. Then, we'd start talking to each other. I'd carry him. You see him giggle? (I actually see more the glint in my brother's eyes)"
"His doctor says Zach is growing up very healthy and strong-boned. He's becoming heavier and heavier by the day."
He gave me Zach to carry in my arms. My new nephew.
I said, "Ey, tol. Look at him."
He asks, "What?"
"Remember my baby photos in Mamu's bedroom when i was 5 months old?"
"What about it?", my brother asks as he comes closer.
"Zach here looks EXACTLY like I was when I was his age."
My brother looked at me quizically, then back to his son and said, "Patay."