28 May 2008

Coming of Age (Part One)

“There. I’m done. You can open your eyes now,” he said monotonically, as though reciting bingo numbers. Slowly coming into view as I lifted my eyelids were stars, little glow-in-the-dark ones adhered to the ceiling. But in daylight, they’re virtually invisible. My attention then shifted to the adult presence in my bedroom, sitting at the edge of my bunk, gazing at me, his face oily with satisfaction. I wondered how many times he had done this. And how many were as young as I was.

“How you feeling? Feel any pain?” he asked. I shook my head no. It wasn’t pain I was feeling but an aggregate of sensations: disorientation, numbness, languor, embarrassment, relief, curiosity, excitement. There was also the realization that I have reached a certain milestone in my preadolescent life, that some things would never be the same, that I have changed. All of these translated to a dazed look which he misconstrued as pain.

“Good. I’ll just clean himself,” he said. He got up and went inside an adjoining bathroom. From outside, I could hear the tinkling bell of a passing ice cream vendor, the idle chatter of uniformed maids, and the shrill voices of neighborhood kids playing patintero. I was supposed to play with them today but then, he came. So I had to come up with an excuse why I couldn’t go out of the house. Chicken pox, I explained. Oh, get well soon, they said. If they only knew what just happened in my room, on this mattress...

When he came back, I was still in the exact same position as before: lying supine, legs bent and spread apart, naked from the waist down, too drained to move. He now had a different shirt on, blue with white horizontal stripes. “You can put your shorts back on now,” he said, giving me a conspiratorial wink. “I’ll see you outside.”

Feebly, I said, “Yes, uncle.”

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20 comments:

YAJNAT said...

oh!!!

did miss something???

am i late???

hmmmmm...is this really true...darn i wanna know...

markymd said...

sorry to spoil this...

im guessing a circumcision here.

snip. snip.

Mugen said...

I'll wait for the second part. My thoughts are misleading me. :)

Princhecha Fiona said...

Sounds like circumcision to me too! :p

let's just all find out...

Jhed said...

Looks like your readers got you all figured out now. Haha. But then again, they could be wrong. :D

Can't wait to read the next part.

itsonsms said...

Circumcision in a room? On a mattress? And the surgeon changed clothes? If it was naman sana may katulong yung doctor. We can't make a judgment without the full details.

I think not. Remembering mine, kahiya. My uncle and aunt that were surgeons did it. Shieet. Wala nako tinago.

joelmcvie said...

His uncle is a barber, and he shaved the hair off his balls.

(Ka-tense!)

Davis said...

It's a taboo!!

freshmess said...

waiting with bated breath.... kaloka.

savante said...

What the heck :O I'm too scared to guess.

Anonymous said...

its a boil-popping session.

Marcus: Bading Down Under said...

Yeah, I'm almost sure some snipping was involved here... :-)

empressmaruja said...

May tag ako sa 'yo, Mare!

Gora lang ditraksi!

Hindi naman siguro Pap Smear 'yan ano? Chars!

marsbarscars said...

misterhubs, i follow you on twitter, and i saw this one comment about you wanting to kill yourself whenever you hear sam concepcion's "kung fu fighting". the feeling is mutual. i wanna jump over a cliff whenever i see the kid's face. rofl.

Anonymous said...

@itsonsms

Merong mga tinutulian sa bahay lang. Nde kelangan ng duktor. Labaha lang, kapirasong kamiseta na binutasan ng pabilog at dahon ng bayabas.

itsonsms said...

Ah. What's your point? Parang wala akong sinabi sa mga binibintang mo. 1. Wala akong sinabi na walang tinutulian sa bahay. ang sabi ko bakit sa kutson.
2. Sinabi ko bang duktor lang ang gagawa? ang tanong ko, bakit nagpalit ng damit pagkatapos.
Don't go preaching common knowledge. Lahat ng Pilpino alam yan. Pero ano alam ko, baka new discovery mo lang yan at proud kang sabihin sa lahat.

James said...

A circumcision is very much possible but don't you think sex would have been a lot better? (Well, except for the Uncle part. Ick.)

itsonsms said...

Not if he was a hot hung muscled uncle not related by blood.

Incest is the best! Put your family to the test!

loudcloud said...

like everyone commenting i'm waiting for when the other shoe drops. hehe.

Philippe said...

@itsonsms

My point is that I am a stupid beeotch who has a penchant for preaching common knowledge to defensive prats.

Wala akong ibinibintang, I was merely stating facts.

1. Ang tanong mo eh: "Circumcision in a room? On a mattress?". Ano ang maaaring ipakahulugan dito? Sige, bigyan natin ng kasagutan ang tanong mong bakit sa kutson. Bakit hindi, kung gusto nyang matulian sa malambot na kutson?
2. "And the surgeon changed clothes?" Para mo na din sinabing dahil pagtutuli ang hula, kinakailangang may duktor, sino nagsabing kelangan may surgeon? Pero sige, bigyan nating kasagutan ang tanong mong bakit nagpalit ng damit. Siguro naman alam din ng lahat ng Pilipino na kapag may tinuli may parteng magdudugo. At siguro, kaya sya nagpalit ng damit eh dahil natalsikan ng dugo ang damit. Maaari ring dahil pinagpawisan sya.
3. Hindi bawal manghula. Even without the full details, maaari tayong magdeduce, gamit ang lohika o kahit imahinasyon, upang mansapantaha ng mga maaaring nangyari.
4. Wala akong pakialam kung circumcision man ang nangyari o hindi dahil nagaantay lang din naman ako ng susunod na kabanata. Kaya relax lang, peace, walang nangaaway sa iyo. Mag-antay tayong lahat. :p

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