Today is bespren Roovin’s 27th birthday. This could well be his last birthday as a single guy. I’m meeting him today to celebrate. But before I do, I pause to thank God for this great guy. And since I’m still in “list” mode from my previous post of sevens, here is a list of Roovin’s traits I am thankful to God for. This is by no means an exhaustive list. Lest I succumb yet again to procrastination and miss the moment, here it goes. In no particular order…
1. The guy is spontaneous. I used to think I was a spontaneous person – until I met Roovin. I can’t forget the day he “forced” me to walk in the rain on the way back to Molave dorm. We dripped on the dorm lobby floor. He was laughing hard, I was soaking mad.
2. The guy has faith. During a lull in his spiritual life, he once asked God to give him a major problem so his faith would increase. Whew. I think God “answered” that prayer shortly after. And, yes, it increased Roovin’s faith.
3. The guy is creative. Roovin thinks out-of-the-box. He was the first one to point out to me that I always walk at the center of a pathway (there are lots of these cemented walkways in UP Diliman), following its every curb, even if walking on the grass would be faster. We were classmates in calculus once, where he taught me how to creatively cut classes. It turned out he was better at it than I was because he passsed while I had to review for a removal exam. Hehe. Of late, he has demonstrated an impressive creativity in sales. With a few exceptions, I think I bought everything he’s ever sold me – mostly gadgets! I credit him as the father of my “technolust.”
4. The guy is so friendly he could be a politician or swindler (haha!). I cannot name anyone – man, woman, or in-between – who hasn’t been won over by that smile and amiable personality. But Roovin’s charms are more than superficial; once you’re his friend, you can be sure you can count on him, rain or shine. (See No. 6)
5. The guy is funny! Between the two of us, he’d probably say I’m the clown (but only because he wants to appear as the more dignified one in this duo! Haha). But, really, Roovin is one of the wackiest, craziest people I’ve met. Few people crack me up in a major way. Roovin is definitely one of them. We once made a list of “pirated” sayings in our org’s log book, which included such distortions as “Aanhin pa ang damo, kung patay na ito” and “Ang ilog na tahimik ay malalim, ang ilog na maingay… may naglalaba.” One time, as roommates with nothing better to do, we enacted a gross MTV version of a Jaci Velasquez song. How gross? It involved booger. Nuff said.
6. The guy is dependable. Despite the hectic schedule of work and other things life throws at him, Roovin remains a guy I can always count on. Which becomes a constant challenge for me to always be there for him, too.
7. The guy is passionate – for God, for his family, for his friends. Roovin could be an Atenean in that he is a “man for others.” We all have bouts with selfishness and self-centeredness; and Roovin, time and time again, has given me a picture of how it looks like to win these struggles and truly make a positive mark on someone’s life.
Besp, I used to tell you that when I grow up, I wanna be like you. You must think that has changed. Well, it really hasn’t 🙂 Happy, happy birthday, mah men. May God direct your steps. Love ya, bro.