MANILA – Dingdong Dantes penned a lengthy but sweet letter for his son Sixto, who turned a year old on Thursday.
Dantes told his son that they can't celebrate this milestone the usual way due to the Luzon-wide lockdown imposed by the government.
“Today, it’s just going to be us, buddy — You, me, your Mother, your Ate Z, Ate Cecile, Ate Glenda and Kuya Emerson. But please know that there are many people like your cousins, grandparents, godparents and relatives who wish to see you and be with you today, probably to give a gift, a cake, or a simple tight warm hug. But not now... maybe when this is all over. When? I really don’t know, son,” he wrote.
Dantes then turned candid about his fears when the day comes that Sixto “would be marching towards this new world, this new normal, that we had created for your generation.”
“What’s happening now is a clear manifestation of our actions and inactions — and we are reaping its effects which could benefit a few, but for most... just hard learnings about humanity, the planet and spirituality. But I guess as parents, that’s what we are here for. We are here to prepare you for that jungle out there,” he said.
Though there is fear, Dantes said Sixto and Zia give him courage to carry on and strive to make this world a sustainable place to live in.
“And so, in as much as it should be you who should receive gifts, please know that you are the gift for us — a living reminder that we should get our acts together and ensure that when the time comes, you can freely walk the streets, breathe all the air that you want, play ball with your friends even at close distance, ride a bike, and return the hug to all your well-wishers today,” he said.