Life and Death

last night i attended tonton's birthday. to be 21 and celebrating with friends is something fun. after the heavy meal i excused myself as i drove off to a funeral wake. arlene's mom passed away a couple of nights back and the weekend is the only chance that i'd be able to make a visit.

a study in contrast, whereas tonton's celebration was rowdy and noisy, the wake was filled with a quiet hush as everyone huddled together to talk about memories and reacquainting themselves with old ties. the sonorous prayers drifted out of the chapel where the coffin laid. and just like every other filipino practice, food was being served. not that i have any appetite after tonton's grand bash.

made me reflect on life and death in one night and the food that comfort us all.


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