ash wednesday

i didn't know that today is ash wednesday until some crazy friends called me up to greet me a happy birthday. although my birthday is still a couple of months away, my friends have marked every ash wednesday as my special day since i've got a birthmark on my forehead.

today is the only day of the year that i'm not so unique. on this day, i just look like the rest...with a black mark on the forehead. although mine isn't shaped like a cross, it's like a small thumb mark right in the middle.

the other 364 days of the year is another story.
i get to hear people asking one another if it's ash wednesday when they see me. but some do ask me directly and my answer would vary from "it's not wednesday today." or "the lenten season has just finished." or "no, it's not." do i get irritated? not really coz i've gotten used to it. and some people are not catholics so they didn't know better. for the catholics...well...

a couple of surgeons have tried to convince me to have my birthmark removed. they have listed all my options or ways they would remove it without leaving a scar. one even volunteered his plastic surgeon son to do it and he would pay for the procedure. another told me that mine is a pre-cancerous nevus so i have to remove it. a part of me wants to but there's a bigger part of me that wants to remain different. it's one of those things that makes me, ME.

but for today, at least for most of the day, i was just like everybody. not until i went to the hospital chapel to have my forehead marked with ash and the priest strategically placed the cross below my birthmark! i was unique all over again.


Blogger duke said...

anuba, mahal namen yang balat na yan!

Feb 7, 2008, 1:17:00 AM  
Blogger Bugsybee said...

Why take out something when there's nothing wrong with it?

Keep it that way, Doc.

I hope your SmartBro problems get resolved. Welcome back to blogging!

Feb 7, 2008, 10:21:00 AM  
Blogger atticus said...

uy! ang dilim pala ng noo mo pag ash wednesday.

isang araw na may mas maitim kesa sa akin. hehehe.

welcome back. tagal ng post mo ah. nagpapakadalubhasa ka naman masyado.

Feb 7, 2008, 7:56:00 PM  
Anonymous miwa said...

this may sound awfully stalker-like but I think I saw you sometime last year in a japanese fast food joint. I was with my family eating and there was a group of people in the table next to ours. I saw a girl with a birthmark on her forehead and I thought I've seen the face before. I later figured it was you after seeing your banner on my subsequent visits here.

for what it's worth, your birthmark makes your face very distinctive. :)

Feb 20, 2008, 5:45:00 PM  
Blogger kero said...

duke: di ko naman sya papatanggal unless lumaki sya. scary.

bugsy, i just got my smart bro connection fixed. they added 20 feet of something so that i could get a good connection.

atticus, mukhang mas maitim ako sayo. pero si duke pa ring ang pinakamaitim. hehehe.

miwa, sayang, sana nagkakilala tayo. para sana i could have thanked you personally for sharing your recipe =)

Feb 21, 2008, 10:20:00 PM  

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