Have I ever written a birthday post? I don’t know. I can’t seem to remember. Maybe, I have. Maybe I have not. Yikes! Memory lapses at 28! Cough! Cough! Cough! Okay, the truth shall set me free: 38! I am now 38 years old! And a cool one, I’d love to think! ^_^
Yesterday, the kids surprised me with two of favorites – Andok’s Litson Manok and spicy potato chips for dinner! We celebrated a day ahead because I have work today. During the course of the meal, amidst the endless chattering on the day’s activities, my eldest daughter, Agi, asked, “What’s your birthday wish, Dad?”
I just smiled. Truth be told, I really don’t know what to wish for. I have a loving family. A nice and decent job, great friends (on and off the pool circuit), and health is okay (I think!). And oh! Let’s not forget my blogs and websites! I then softly said, "Another world championship for The Magician - Efren Bata Reyes - before he retires!"
The rest of the kids, i.e., Dado, Kiko and Patis, all exclaimed, "Yeah!"
Agi asked again, “Okay, Dad! But, if you could wish for anything, material that is, for yourself, what would that be, Dad?” Hmmm. Something material? And for myself? Suddenly, a thousand thoughts suddenly crossed my mind! A new car perhaps? Too expensive now! An LCD television? Nah! I rarely watch TV! A new laptop? Another hmmm. And wham! It hit me! A Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR lens! Now, that is what I want!
“Someday, Dad! Someday, I’m going to buy you one!” remarked Agi. “Ha! Ha! Ha! Don’t think about it, anak ko’y! It’s just a wish, remember?” I cheerfully said back.
The Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR lens is Nikon's best professional moderate telephoto zoom. For those not in the know, one of these (or one of its earlier siblings) is in almost every professional photographers' bag! And I kid you not!
The optics and mechanics of the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR lens are superlative for everything a full-time career professional news or sports photographer would want to shoot with it, on any Nikon digital or modern film camera. Wouldn’t it be great to have when taking pictures of the Filipino greats in billiards! With such a fast lens, that would be awesome! Then again, the only reason why I do not have yet one for my Nikon D90 is the price! It’s quite expensive in my book! With all the expenses tightly bound to the kids’ education and all, getting the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR lens remains a dream at this point in time.
But hey! I’m not complaining! Not one bit! My beautiful children’s education comes first! My children always come first! They are all very studious and work very hard to be at the top of their class and all! And that reason alone (and I have many reasons, mind you!) makes me the happiest dad in the world!
Thirty-eight wonderful years, with like almost half of it filled with wonderful memories with my beautiful children and loving friends! Indeed, life is good! I count my blessings! You should too!
And what about the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR lens? It is still a dream! And dreams do come true. Right? I wish!