There is something absolutely terrifying about attending a cousin's wedding. Friends weddings are fun (really looking forward to Charo's and Jovan's) but a cousin's wedding, albeit still fun, is a different story. It gets worse when the bride, your cousin, is only a year older than you. Gets even worse when you find yourself attending this wedding alone...without even your sisters to act as some sort of shield or diversion from your relatives.
I went to my cousin's, Grace's wedding last Monday and Grace, if you're reading this, can I just tell you again that you looked completely radiant and gorgeous! And all I wish for you and Mike are babies, babies and more babies! Hahaha!
I don't know if I've ever mentioned this before but I'm not really that close to my mom's side of the family. I mean, I'm close to only a number of people like my Uncle F(actually, he's probably the only one I can say I'm really, really close to), my Tita Teresa, my cousins in Chicago who I don't even hear from much anymore and just recently, Grace and Precious. As for the rest, lets just say that I only get to talk to them whenever there are family gatherings. Needless to say, my other relatives don't really know much about me. They don't know what I like, what I don't like, what I do, or whatever it is that's going on in my life. So you can just imagine my surprise last Monday when the following things happened....
I was walking out of the church with my Ninang M, who I have not seen in more than a year, when she said,
Ninang M: How's your bf? Me: He's okay. (I thought it was just a general question...her, assuming that I had a bf) Ninang M: When is he coming over? Me: In June. Woaahhh, wait a minute!!! How do you know?
And then my Auntie T. comes up from behind us and suddenly says, "Kelan daw dadating?"
Super duper startled, I said, "What?!?!? You too? You know? Hoooowww? Who told you?"
And these 2 ladies, just laugh at me and my Ninang M goes, "Oh, narinig lang namin sa tabi-tabi"
So,we're outside the church waiting for the newlyweds to come out so we can shower them with rose petals and rice when my Auntie C, the mom of the bride, calls me over to her. So after giving her a hug and a peck on the cheek, she goes to me, "Bunny, you're next na, ha? Kelan ba uuwi boyfriend mo?"
I was so dumbfounded. All I could muster to say was, "Alam niyo din po?" and a sheepish smile. With that, she touches my cheek and smiles back.
I couldn't sit with the bride for obvious reasons and I couldn't sit with Precious either because she was in the entourage's table so I ended up in a table with 4 aunts, 2 grandmas and a grandpa. And they would not stop hounding me with questions about Jason.
"What does he do?" (He's in IT, like Uncle F) ,"How old is he?" (turning 29 in a week), "Is he tall?" (uh huh! 6 ft, I believe), "He's Freddie's friend, right?" (Yeah and he works with him too), "When are you leaving for the States?" (Not sure yet. Next year, I think.), "Don't you want to get married?" (*smiles*) Aren't you older than Grace?" (No, she's a year older, I just look older) They said a few other things but I'd like to keep those to myself. Hehe!
The night ended with me promising all my relatives (due to insistent demand. They would not take NO for an answer) that I will take Jason to Balayan, Batangas so they can all meet him. One of my Lolos said he will make "kilatis" and my Ninang and Aunts said that they really want to get to know this guy I'm with right now.
It feels weird, strange, funny and nice (and did I already say weird), all at the same time, that my relatives are suddenly interested in meeting and knowing my boyfriend. And I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't pink from blushing the whole time they were asking me all those questions. It's just that, well, I've never, ever introduced a boyfriend to a relative simply because I know that they (especially the aunts and grandmas) tend to add pressure where there should not be.
I mean, sure, the thought of ending up with Jay really appeals to me more than anything else in the world and there's no denying that I want to tie the knot someday. But right now, I think we're just enjoying each other and we like it that way. And while the fact that I've never felt this way about anyone before still remains, we have yet to cross THAT bridge where we breathe and say, "Okay, let's take that leap". So right now, I just want to enjoy the ride whilst crossing my fingers (and my legs and my toes and maybe my eyes, hehehe!) that a great, amazing and may I just add, romantic journey is looming in the horizon for me and Jay. :)
And NO, I never got to find out as to who the tattle tale who told everyone in the clan about my love life is. Haha!
Hope everyone's week is turning out to be as wonderful as mine! :)
Bunny @ Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Loves the beach, wishes she had more time and money to travel, recently got hooked to
climbing mountains, reads anything she can get her hands on, frustrated writer, adores her
3-year-old Lhasa Apso, Tashi,
constantly needs caffeine, wonders when she'll quit smoking, and will most
likely die due to liver complications from drinking too much (if the cigarettes
doesn't get to her lungs first). Can't live without accessories especially
big, dangling earrings, shoe freak (aren't we all?), sucker for discovering
hole-in-the-wall restaurants, will ingest anything spicy, enjoys giving and receiving
massages, addicted to Friends, Sex and the City and CSI, goes gaga over kids, dreams of
being alone with Jim Morrison and smoking a joint with Bob
Marley. Would love to party with Gwen Stefani, shop with Patricia Field, write poetry with
Maya Angelou and have Sting, Nelson Mandela, Mark Twain and Bono over for