Yesterday, while she was busy distributing her handwritten birthday invitation card to her cousins, Bryan and Adgel, I called her up and asked her what is her birthday wish.
"I want my family to be safe, protected from any harm. And I want them to be happy," replied Bulaklak.
I never expected that was her answer to me. I tapped her shoulder and said, "What a very thoughtful, loving and caring daughter! You're very good!"
"When I grow up, I want to be a police officer," replied Shanley Jane without any so much ado.
"I want to arrest the criminals for they're bad," reasoned out Shanley Jane.
No wonder why she answered me that way. She wanted to follow her father's ambition to be a policeman. Her father is a Criminology graduate, underboard, presently working as government casual employee.
Bulaklak, a nickname given by her late grandfather, Pacit from her father side, who is a former barangay captain and an operator of a sound system. "Bulaklak" is a pop song, popularized by the Sex Bomb Singers.
As I listened to her while she's hosting a sham program among her cousins, she has a very good quality tonal voice. She has the talent to be a good master of ceremony. She knows how to make an ad lib while their program is going on.
Here's our birthday greetings to her:
"Bulaklak, palangga ka gid namon ni Lola mo. Gusto namon nga mangin mabuot ka nga bata. Masinulondon sa imo mga ginikanan kag matutum sa imo pagtuon. (Bulaklak, your grandmother Rebing and I do love you. We want you to be a good girl, obedient to your parents, and diligent to your studies.)
"Kabalo ka nga si Jesus palangga gid nya ang mga maayo nga mga bata. Ginabugayan nya sang kaalam kag kabaskog para makaalagad sa Iya sang labing maayo." (We want you to know that Jesus loves children who are good. He blesses them with wisdom and strength in order to serve Him best.)
"Palangga ka namon," Lola Rebing kag Tatay Gilbor" ("We love you," grandmother Rebing and grandfather Gilbor.)
Her parents greetings: (Papa Tipoy and Mama An An):
"Anak, pasensya lang ka. Wala gid kami sang regalo sa imo kaadlawan subong. Ang amon lang ang pagpalangga sa imo. Nalipay kami nga walo ka na katuig mangin katapo ka na sang Mormon nga Simbahan. Mangamantin-ad ikaw nga anak kag sumulunod ni Jesus. Ang Diyos indi gid magpatumbaya sa pagbantay sa imo. Palangga ka namon, anak." (Bulaklak, hope you understand us. We've nothing to give you as your birthday presents. It's only love and care. We're happy that you're now 8 years old, qualified to be baptized as member of The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints. You'll be effective follower of Jesus Christ. We know the Lord God will not fail to guide you always. We love you, Bulaklak.)