Wednesday, February 22, 2006


Inday has been with the baby since dani was 6 months old. Now dani is turning three and the two are inseparable. They go to bed together, eat together, and play together. When dani goes for a bubble bath or pupu, Inday patiently waits for her behind the bathroom door.

But Dani's endearment to Inday has its sacrifices. Look at her closely. She sports what seems to be like a five-o-clock shadow. But she’s a girl and that which appears to be a beard is actually the outcome of months of kissing Dani – dried sweat, tears, drool, and chocolate. You cannot possibly not get a sniff because that doll's head will be forced up your face for a kiss (you have to kiss Inday when Dani tells you to do so). And she's been washed only a total of three times (the last one notwithstanding Dani's screams).

Today she needed to be washed again. Dani cried, of course, but we went the lengths of explaining to her that Inday was just going to take a bath and that she'll be back tonite to sleep with her.

Looking at Inday sitting serenely in the washer, i mulled at how perfect it would be were it that easy to cleanse oneself of life's blemishes.

But when she came out of the dryer, i figured out that life's stains, such as Inday's, are a little bit tougher to erase.

and those permanent stains make Inday, to Dani, simply Inday.


Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

Nice blog.

My daughter still has a blanket that was given to her when she was a newborn. She still takes it with her on overnight visits and week-end stays. It is very frayed and worn now.

My daughter is 15.

I hope that your daughter's doll holds up!


1:29 PM  
Blogger atticus said...

biglang nagka-anak si dok duke. :)

i wish life's like that. a warm, soapy bath and every stain (almost)gets washed away. and you wake up and the whole world smells yummy. and so do you.

but no. we sleep, repair frayed nerves, our brain rewires, and we wake up a bit more jaded, a bit more tired, and a bit more hopeful.

that was good writing, doc duke! gives one a warm feeling.

4:11 PM  
Blogger duke said...

t.j. Dani is my niece. thank you for dropping by, doc. yea, i hope the doll holds up til she gets older. at present the nose has fallen off and the arms and legs have been repeatedly sewn to the body. so, does your daughter still have issues getting separated from her blanket? :)

atticus. onga, bigla ako nagkaanak. hahaha. tae ka naman eh. nilagyan mo pa ng pagkaganda gandang comment. tatalunin mo pa talga entry ko eh. tae ka talga. iihian ko talaga jimny jimny mo. that warm feeling could be my piss. buwahahhahaha!

4:27 PM  
Blogger atticus said...

dok...hindi na kita papahiramin ng libro ko about israel and the jews. wala na kayong ginawa kundi apihin ang jimny ko. salbahe!

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bat madrama?


9:26 PM  
Anonymous mei said...

wawa naman si danny kala niya siguro papatayin niyo sa washing machine si inday, haha. i remember having a doll when i was a kid too. si vicky. but i outgrew her kasi naalis ang eyeball. scary.

11:57 PM  
Anonymous piknik said...

baket nga madrama??

3:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

baket nga madrama?? sumagot ka!!!

- butets

5:22 AM  
Blogger cruise said...

subukan mo kayang ibababad sa chlorox, hehe. nakakaaliw kwento mo, there are some truths in there... [markangpogi.blogspot]

7:57 AM  
Blogger Rudy man said...

buti pa doll ni dani pinaliguan eh teddy bear ko raw dati na kulay pula eh iba nag iiba iba nang kulay. hehe oo may teddy bear ako, kung napangalanan ko lang eh siguro i;ll name it Teodoro o Teodora,

6:00 PM  
Blogger duke said...

atticus. lalo ko tatawagin buong barangay Ginebra at San Miguel para ihian ang jimny mo!

redel, piknik, at butete...kse nung nasa third paragraph na ako, narealize ko na walang patutunguhan yung dinadakdak ko ulet eh. as usual. pero para maiba nagsinget na lang ako ng kadramahan, huwahahahahaaha!

mei. so asan na si vicky? feeling ko tatagal din tong si inday eh.

cruise. baka maging anemic si inday pag chlorox ginamit ko. baket mo sinara blog mo ha? akin na kamera mo!

rudy man. i'm sure si teodoro mo ay mas mabantot pa kesa kay inday.

6:09 PM  
Blogger cruise said...

haha. maraming murang camera dyan sa US, eh dyan ko nga pinabili yung canon g3 ko kasi mas mura ng 20% kesa dito sa pinas, hahaha.

sinara ko blog ko kasi di ka na bumibisita, hahaha. joke. actually pinalitan ko lang URL kasi mis-leading yung luma, di naman ako "pogi", haha.

bago kong URL [cruise247.blogspot]

9:21 PM  
Blogger kero said...

wala ako masabi. masyado malalim, di kaya abutin ng utak ko. =P

wala akong inday pero meron akong unan nung bata pa ko na halos wala ng laman at syempre, maantot na pero ayoko ipatapon. minsang nagbakasyon ako sa probinsya kasama ng tatay ko, ang kontrabida kong ate, tinapon!

9:36 PM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting.

My daughter has a small amount of anxiety about leaving it at home, but that rarely happens unless she forgets to bring it with her.

She is beginning to forget it more often now than she did before.

Maybe it is starting to 'fall to the wayside' now and isn't as important as other teenage things start to take precedence.


2:14 AM  
Blogger Toto said...

Reminded me of my treasured playstation memory card. It's really important for me. I hope I can find it one of these days.

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Moof said...

Duke! Thanks for stopping by my blog and dropping a comment. Almost missed it - I moved my blog to its own server last fall.

About Doctors who pray ... I think they're perhaps the ones I trust. Keep praying, Duke! And congratulations on your tests!

7:32 PM  
Blogger faye clarice said...

my dad told me a few days ago that you were checking up on me.. thanks. i haven't updated my blog for the longest time because i haven't had much to write about and not much time to do it. i decided to stay with my mom instead of going back to med.. but i'm taking it this june.. i've been busy taking over the business to help my dad adjust to all that's happened.. anyway i was so happy to hear that you've been sailing right through all the exams!!! i knew you would! :) it's just so great! thanks again for the quick hi.. and suuuper good job again! :)

9:52 PM  
Blogger Screwed-Up AKA SnglGuy said...

Hi duke, thanks for dropping by my blog. Good blog you have here, be dropping by often... see ya! :D

7:59 PM  
Blogger *lynne* (azlynne1972) said...

heyya duke! thanx for stopping by my blog too :)

I don't think I had any emotional attachment to a blanket/doll when small... but i did suck my thumb till past 6y.o. (despite efforts of my parents to break me of that habit) what does that say about my insecurities? LOL!!

9:56 AM  
Blogger duke said...

cruise. ok, yung bagong blog mo yung nadadalaw ko kaso di ko mabuksan yung haloscan mo for comments. nabloblock ata. ayaw lumitaw sa puter ko eh. at oks lang na sabihin mo pogi ka. gaya ko, lagi ko sinasabing pogi ako, wala naman nakakaalam. wahahahahah!

kero. ayos naman pala si ate lisa mo eh. wahahahaha. may hidden sibling rivalry pala namamagitan senyo.

tj. she'll outgrow it soon. and you will be keeping that blanket for keepsake.

moof. thank you. i will always be a doctor who prays. i guess i'm nothing without prayers.

ed. i didn't know that feelings of endearment that strong could be given to playstation memory cards. hehehe. well, to each his own.

fayclarisse. i'm so glad to hear from you again! how are you? yea, i just got to follow up on you when your dad updated the forum i'm also a member of. but i'm glad everyone's ok now. thank you for the greetings too! get that blog up and runnning again. :P

screwed-up. hello. thanks for dropping by too. cya around.

11:04 AM  
Blogger sam said...

ang dami mo nang fans! :D

8:51 AM  
Blogger Yowee said...


thanks for dropping by my blog...

you asked for the title of the background music...ya see, they're videos actually you could see at the bottom of the page..there are ten of them and they change as you refresh the page so i'm not quite sure which one you mean...^_^

7:10 PM  
Blogger kendi said...

hehehe... reminds me of sarah and her smelly pillow. nice blog... thnx for droppin' by mine, too. :)

3:32 PM  
Blogger teripotz said...

whoa serious!

Pero i like your entry =)

Hope you're doing all good, as always.

7:44 PM  
Blogger chumsychums said...

"bakit madrama?"

hihi. inggitera ako eh. gusto ko yun din tatanung ko. :p

ay meron pa. "kelan ka uwi?" "anu dala mo para samin?" mwehehehe.

11:59 PM  
Blogger Screwed-Up AKA SnglGuy said...

Hi duke, just dropping by. No new post? :D

10:14 PM  
Blogger duke said...

lynne. insecurities..interesting. hehehe. sucking thumbs...

sam. onga, dami. one time big time lang yan. hahaha. mawawala din mga yan.

fixer yow. yea, when i went back it was playing another tune. hehee. i dind't know it played a different tune everytime.

candy. who's sarah?

teripotz. serious ba? para naman di lahat katangahan ang nakasulat dito. hahaha.

chumsychums. inggitera! inggitera!!

screwed-up. hyee. isip isip na ako ng bagong post. ayan meron na po! hehehee. thanks for dropping by again.

4:38 PM  

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