Photo shows my grandchild, the son of my niece who gave birth on April Fool’s Day. Today is the son’s first birthday. He is the youngest member of our big, big family.
He was born with pneumonia, and we were so worried during that time because he could hardly breath and he had to be given some oxygen treatment, and nebulizer.
I pitied the child, because his face would darken whenever he cries, apparently he had a hard time breathing. Even during the first few months, till he was about six months old, we could hear his hard breathing especially when he cries. He had intermittent sleep because of that condition.
The pediatrician also recommended a special kind of infant milk, one that does not cause allergy because of his asthmatic condition. It was a precious baby milk, and because his parents are not rich, they could hardly meet the needs of their three children. It was good my sister is helping them financially from her monthly pension, being a retired teacher.
April Fool’s Day Birthday
April Fool’s Day is considered by many as a “joke day!” Though it is not so famous in our country unlike in the European or western countries, it is recognized here as a day of “jokes.”
Locally, it can be compared to our observance of “Ninos Inocentes” or “Holy Innocent’s Day,” which is celebrated every December 28, three days after Christmas Day. People used to crack jokes on their friends, or play tricks on them.
But today, April 1, our family is happy because our grandson turned one year old, and he succeeded over that health problem when he was born. It was no joke for parents to bear the brunt of having a sickly child, more so if they are not financially well -off.
Now the grandson is so healthy, and he apparently outgrew that asthmatic condition. Thanks God, he is very healthy and very active boy. For this, his parents will not worry about April Fool’s Day, but they will always welcome it.