Welcome to the family and to the Christian world, Baby Elijah Kristoffer Larena!
We are so blessed to have this little kid in our extended family. For a bit of family history, my beloved lolo and lola, the ones who brought me up, had five children, six if you count an uncle who died at childhood during the Japanese occupation. Among those who lived are my mom, my Tito Sammy, Ninong Filo, Ninang Demi and Tita Nila. Among them, they produced nine grandchildren. My Ninong Filo, who had an unsuccessful first marriage, and another partnership (not sure if they got married eventually), adopted a daughter who is now sixteen. And now, among us cousins, there are ten great-grandchildren of Mamay Asio and Nanay Angge, as my grandparents were fondly called in our hometown.
My uncle Sammy was the only male heir of my grandparents, and he fortunately had two sons who carried the surname of “Larena”. The rest of us, since our mothers lost the name when they got married, had Larena as our middle names. Alas, when we, the granddaughters (there are four of us) got married ourselves, the name Larena, seem to gained more distance, as we also shed off even our fathers’ names.
So I was personally glad when Elijah was born. Finally, a Larena to carry on the name! I really hope he’s not the last. I am counting on my cousin, Joff, and his brother, Erik, to produce more. Haha.
Here is Elijah with two of great-grandchildren still here in the Philippines. All of Ninang Demi’s five grandkids, as were her kids, my first cousins, are in the US. The middle child of Tita Nila is there also with her brood of two.
Lola and Lola, I know you can see them from up there. Please watch over them like you watched over me when I was young.