Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Happy Childhood Memory: Wishing Stars




Dart past the lady washing her clothes and remember to duck when she throws soap suds your way in irritation. Remember to giggle, then look back and smile in apology. 

'Di na po mauulit, ate!

Side-step as more suds fly your way. Jump to the right! Those soapy waters can make quite a splash. Wave your hand, return the lady's grin, and be on your merry way. Leap over the cans, the potholes and the concrete humps. Frighten the cats and watch them hiss and arch their backs in retaliation.

Break to a run, slow to a trot, leap and aim for the low-hanging atis branch, knowing you'll miss. Just a little more. Just a little more. Cast the thought aside and race home again, your tin pencil case jingling loudly with its contents.

Open the squeaky gate with vigor, its creak is music to your ears. Knock on the door urgently, call out to those at home.

Andito na 'ko!

Prepare your best smile in all its toothy glory, stand with the awkward but confident air that young boys have. Anticipate the opening of the door and watch the knob slowly turn.

Ma! 

Hold out the back of your hand and wave it frantically under her nose.

Binigyan ako ng star ni Maam! Tingnan mo o.

Read the words below it out loud: very good.

Na-perfect ko 'yung test! Ito o!

Watch her smile pleasantly, her expression surprised and satisfied, as she looks over your prized trophy.

O, pa'no 'yan? Tuloy ang Jollibee bukas.

Yey! Tsaka hotdog at corned beef ang ulam mamaya, ha?

Watch her make a moue, a faint grin lighting up her face.

Hay. Sige na nga!

Hug her tight then run into the house. You are home.

When You Wish Upon a Star
Pinocchio OST
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The Emo Blogger's Happy Blogging Challenge: A Happy Childhood Memory

citybuoy: Prologue: side x side (II)
citybuoy: A Happy Childhood Memory: Segueing Cousins

manilabitch: Prologue: Surviving Ennui

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22 comments:

  1. i don't consider cb's glorification of child sexual abuse/incest to meet the happy blogging challenge. but of course i'm not a judge (or an invited participant). =P

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    1. Hey! haha to my defense, the happy childhood memory was in the lengthy disclaimer people skip. haha

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    2. my distress for the fact that you haven't commented on any my posts, is only met by my distress for the fact that you haven't added any posts yourself since i was added to the challenge....

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    3. Where na you? Here na me. jejeje

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  2. You may join if you want, LOF! I can give you the link for the fb group we're plotting it all in. The challenge is partly about our interpretation of happiness(or anything close to it, hence the funny fictional incest thing - does it pass for 'black/dark humor' ba, yung sinulat niya? i'm not too familiar with genre specifics haha), and we agreed that gray areas are goooooooooood. More room to sneak something else in. Hahahahaha.

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  3. But to continue with my comment, I was reading this with a smile on my face. I remember what that felt like. It's like that scene in Ratatouille where the guy has hist first taste of rat cuisine and he's transported to his childhood. Thank you for this, Spiral. Peg na peg mo ang happy childhood memory. :)

    Part of me wants to wake my napping mom so we can go to Jollibee but this time, I'm buying. lolz

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    1. nako, this is still late. i won't be late for the next installment! haha. Haaaay, some parts of our childhood ain't so bleak...but look how we ended up!

      And speaking of Jobee...I am so tempted to eat there right now. hahahaha

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    2. Tara! I want Chicken Palabok and a Peach Mango Pie. you?

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  4. One C4(Chicken Palabok), please. Spicy. Big part, too.Omnomnomnomnom.

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    1. I was having a strange day at work so I re-read this and felt better. :)

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    2. Aww, see? Being perky and random and all childishly bubbly does wonders! (If only for a while, hahahaha) Good to know this cheered you up, Nyl.

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  5. hey this post made me remember how good it felt kapag dumarating yun mom ko from somewhere! yun masayang feeling na andun na sya sa house at makakasama mo...you captured that feeling in this blog post. I love it :-)

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    1. thanks, Mac! I think we all went through a similar thing at one point in the past. :)

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  6. Hi Spiral! Thank you for bringing back special memories, the song is a perfect accompaniment...

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    1. Hi Jet! You're welcome! A lot of us were influenced by Pinocchio, no? :)

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  7. now THIS IS HAPPY...

    parang cartoons lang...

    at parang commercial din!

    :D

    pakigawan ng HORNY category si Citybuoy para sa kanyang "Happy Post" ahahahahahaha char!

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    1. Shhhh... noisy ka.

      NOISY / STANDING
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      1. YJ

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  8. I remember having this moments, the star at the back of your palm and once you have them, all the things that your parents promised you will sort of come true.

    The first time I had a star, my mom told me that she will take me to jollibee... failed! I started giving out tantrums just to find out that she will cook my favorite spaghetti. screw jobee! :)

    this post really makes me happy, thanks!

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  9. aw, this is nice. napaisip tuloy ako ng childhood fantasies... este memories ko. haha :)
    naalala ko tuloy yung star na stamps sa kamay. diba may star pa na umiiyak ata? haha :D
    anyway nice post. brings back memories. thanks!

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