Since my brother launched his store, we hardly left the house together on weekends. We went to hear Sunday mass in batches. I would be lying if I told you this didn’t affect me because it did. I didn’t like it, but there was nothing I can do. My brother and Mom were hands-on with the business to ensure that everything is in order. They are currently undermanned, and that’s another issue they’ve been trying to resolve for months now.
On the eve of Mom’s birthday, we (sans my one of my brothers) went to watch a local movie. It was a weekday, so we had the cinemas all to ourselves. It’s another thing we haven’t done in a very long time. On Mom’s birthday, my youngest brother and I went to get her an ice cream cake from Dairy Queen and a box of J.Co Donuts. All the boys in the family were ecstatic with the abundant supply of sweets for the next few days.
It’s the first time since May that all five of us went out as a family. Dad had arranged a lunch buffet reservation at a nearby hotel that weekend in celebration of Mom’s birthday. There’s nothing more special than having a good time over good food. Here are some photos from that glorious day:
A week prior to Mom’s birthday, Dad asked us to do something for Mom. He wasn’t thinking of something extravagant, but he wanted each of us to write Mom a personal letter for her birthday. He explained how this is more fitting especially now that all of us are in a different situation than last year.
While Mom was at the buffet table during lunch, Dad told us that they have read our letters. My brothers and I didn’t talk about what we’re going to write, but it seemed like our letters had the same thought, and it made Mom very emotional and overwhelmed in a good way. We’ve long since understood that the family doesn’t sit well if Mom is unhappy. It was such a beautiful day.