I’m not saying that deaths in other months is not sad, but comparing it to the month of merriment and cheer? A month of parties, exchanging gifts and celebrating with our families, death is the last thing on our minds. It’s not that I’m afraid to die. Well I am… cause I was thinking lately, my parents spent a lot for my education so I better be careful at the same time have to be prepared.
Why did I open death at this very time of the month? Well, for the past 2 days I was at home and rested and enjoying home cooked meals. Hehe. But I noticed the black banner in front of our neighbor’s gate. I immediately asked mom who’s the casualty and why. She said it was our 32 year old male neighbor, a family friend, due to heart attack. That young? A younger one that Popoy told me was a celebrity also died at his prime this month. My mom also told me that the father of our neighbor died of the same way.
I also remember my grand dad, my mom’s father… We visited him at their house when I was 7 and my mom told me to stay and sit beside my lolo who’s been bed ridden for a year (I think). My mom helped lola to prepare lunch and then 30 minutes or so, I called my mom and told her my lolo stop breathing and then all I can remember was my lola, crying beside my lolo and my mom asked me to call my dad from the farm then go directly home and call my siblings and tell them what happened. It was the 23rd of December. My relatives from US came home. We still had Noche Buena and Media Noche though. But the celebrations were simpler, no happy noises, no gifts and no fireworks too.
What I’ve been reflecting lately is that some of us are lucky to celebrate the holidays with smiles or will receive some gifts and attend lavish parties but some are tormented with loss, maybe that of a someone, financially , or maybe even a job.
This season is the best way to be thankful for all the blessing we receive also this is the season that we can share our love that even the not so showy ones can present some love not just for our families but also to our friends. Hehe. And lastly and the most important, this is the season we celebrate Christ.
Happy happy Christmas everyone!
X’s – I’ll be gone for a while!