Jet Jet and The Dead Party

We recently had a couple of deaths in the family, occurring less than a month apart from each other. Although death is no laughing matter, we managed to turn this sad occasion into a positive one by making it an opportunity for relatives and friends to reconnect and actually have a rollicking good time. Considering that we come from a family of pranksters, smart-alecks and stand-up comics, this is not hard to achieve. In our family, no story is too corny, no topic is too sacred and certainly no person is too important to escape being at the end of a practical joke. We have an uncle that farts on cue with the sole purpose of disrupting any serious gathering. We have an aunt who can turn any mundane incident into a hilarious anecdote complete with matching facial expressions and catchy lines. We also have a whole slew of cousins and other kin waiting in the sidelines ready to deliver one-liners and zingers given half the chance. In fact, one of our uncles who passed away requested that during his wake, music should be played and people should dance because he did not want to be mourned for his death but rather celebrated for the full life that he had led. Thus, our nightly novenas have been filled with not just prayers but animated conversations, boisterous laughter and the inevitable feeding frenzy. Coming together often has made us appreciate even more the deep love among our parents, their partners and their siblings who have continued to support each other through sorrows, illnesses and deaths. It has made us cherish cousins who are there not just for social functions but also for the important milestones in life. It has also given our kids ample time to bond with their peers and strengthen family ties.

One boy in particular, Jet jet (see above photo), has been looking forward to these nightly get-togethers. He even has a special name for it: The Dead Party. Every day, he would excitedly ask his dad, “Are we going to the dead party tonight?” His dad would get him to behave just by threatening not to take him there if he didn’t. I cringe to think how he is going to react when he finds out that tonight was going to be the last night. His older cousins have already expressed disappointment.

Last night, while he was playing with his cousins in the front yard, his dad Romeo or Omeng, came over to him and told him that instead of playing he should be praying.

Omeng: Jet jet, say “Pray for the soul of Restituto.”

Jet jet: What! I thought it was “Pray for the soul of Mercury!”

Omeng: No oy. That was for the last novena. This time it’s for somebody else.

Jet jet: Oh okay, I get it now. First pray for the soul of Mercury, then for Restituto. Who’s next?

Omeng: Oy, Jet jet, simbako! (God forbid!) Not for a long, long time, I hope!

In his enthusiasm for these nightly gatherings, the poor kid allowed himself to get a little too carried away 😀

Jet jet, it’s been wonderful having you and everyone else around, but I think everybody will agree when I say that we should all try to meet under happier circumstances next time.

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Charina
    Aug 14, 2010 @ 14:55:38

    Achie, I sooo love this!   Again, very well written.  I do agree with you, we all should look forward to seeing everybody but please, under different circumstances this time.  Keep ’em comin’ Achie.  I’m really a huge fan of ur writing prowess. 


    • emmblu
      Aug 14, 2010 @ 20:59:39

      Thanks, Charins. Ganado man sad ta ani with comments like these…
      Remember when we cousins gather around, we talk about Christmas parties at B Rod, fun summers at Pilar and crushes/heartbreaks of the past? So our kids will be reminiscing about sleepovers at my house, Christmas festivities at Cerritos, bonding at “dead parties”, etc. Strong family ties and the wonderful memories we share will be our legacy to this generation and the ones to come.


  2. Angelo F. Merino
    Aug 15, 2010 @ 11:17:43


    This is very hilarious and though I would say, humor at even in times of someone dear passing, it is so true about our family… in my opinion, no one can compete on how cohesive, loving and even at times of adverse situation, we managed to gather and find a middle ground to share and enjoy ourselves… Great work, Cuz!


    PS. how can I post this write-up on my facebook?


    • emmblu
      Aug 15, 2010 @ 11:32:47

      Angelo, what keeps this family ticking is the ability to look at adversity straight in the eye and stick its tongue out at it! Thank you for liking my post but I think Jet jet’s fierce “Samoan” picture on it was what sealed the deal 😀
      Sorry you can’t make it to the summerfest this year but we will find something to do together that Sunday when you are here, I promise.
      As for posting it to your profile, click on the title/web address of the article, click copy and then go your profile, click on link and paste. If all else fails, ask your kids how to do it. That’s what I do.


  3. Czy Girl
    Aug 19, 2010 @ 03:09:28

    I luv this, Czy Girl!


  4. emmblu
    Aug 19, 2010 @ 21:51:19

    Pakpak parente! Thank you, Czy Girl!


  5. Faustino
    May 06, 2013 @ 19:34:26

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