It’s Sunday. For most people, Sunday is “Family Day.” For Pinoy kids, today is Jollibee Day! Yay! It’s what they look forward to after church. If you ask me, the only way to get kids off the Internet and go to church these days is if there’s a promise of Jolly Spaghetti afterwards. I know! It’s kinda sad, really. How about spaghetti AND Chickenjoy, right?
In my family, it’s also a day to indulge in our kakikayan. “Kikay” is a Filipino feminine slang for “girly,” typically used to mean someone who likes to play dress-up and is handy with a mascara wand. As I grappled with an apt translation, the first thing that entered my mind was “vain,” but then I realized that when somebody says, “Ang kikay niya, ‘no?” the person almost always says it with an affectionate smile–not a smirk. The word seems more associated with “fun” and is devoid of the superficiality of its English counterpart.
Sundays at home are amusing. If you visit us on a Sunday, you will find Mama and Papa at the back terrace, dyeing the graying strands off each other’s hair. My sister will most likely be on her way out to her favorite neighborhood salon. As for me, I’ll be in my room, mixing and matching outfits.
Maybe it’s our way of pampering ourselves after a long week of hard work. Or maybe, it’s our coping mechanism for this psychological trauma also known as “Monday.” I can’t explain it, really. I guess that we were simply raised in a home where going to church is the same as looking your best. No, it’s not for the benefit of people in church. It’s also not just because of the idea that we’re “presenting ourselves before God.” It’s more like… if I don’t look well put-together, wouldn’t that reflect badly on my Father?
Note to reader (if there’s any): You don’t have to agree with me, but please don’t let this blog entry be an issue of “religion.” I am highly tolerant of differences in beliefs, so please maintain an attitude of respect if you wish to comment. I would really appreciate it if you could share your Sunday family practices–from the simple to the unconventional. Or if you could respond to “How kikay are you?”