Pretty pink hollyhock, isn't it? It's part of the second growth from Ninang Pat's hollyhocks. She cut the plants back last month. She was surprised to see more grow. Ninang Pat gave me some seeds for red hollyhocks. Hopefully, they'll grow for us.
Ninang is the Ilocano word for Godmother.
When I was baptized as a baby a long time ago, I had the good fortune of having six godparents—three ninangs and three ninongs (godfathers)—formally sponsor me. Informally, I had twelve godparents because the spouse of each godparent is also considered a godparent. But, actually, I had 9 or 10 godparents, because one or two of the ninongs were bachelors. Have I told you this before?
With all those godparents, I was not spoiled with lots of gifts, although one bachelor ninong was very generous with candy when he came to visit. Ah, the fattening of Susie.
Ninang Pat is the last of my godparents. She married Ninong Pablo when I was three. For the longest time, I was confused as to what to call her. Sometimes I called her Auntie Pat. Other times, I called her Ninang when the Mama reminded me.
I'm no longer confused. It's great to still have a ninang, especially Ninang Pat. It's another thing that tricks me into thinking I'm not that old. Yet.