Dawn had Jacobo circumcised before leaving the hospital. "Ayoko nang mag-suffer later on. Sabi ko, do it na, because while they're still young, their nerve endings are parang hindi pa masyadong developed. The pain is dull. It's not the way we imagine it to be."
Throughout the whole procedure, Dawn was there, watching. And where was Anton?
"Siya ‘yong, ‘I can't, I can't watch," Dawn says, mimicking her husband. "Sabi ko kay Jacobo, ‘Ay, don't worry, I'll stay here."
Dawn says she watched from a window outside the operating area, talking to the doctor all the while. Anton was close by, but not watching. Dawn gives a hilarious account of the ensuing dialogue.
Anton: "What are they doing, what are they doing?"
Dawn: "They're injecting na."
Anton: "What are they injecting?"
Dawn: "There! Oh, don't come near, they're cutting na, there's blood already."
Anton: "Okay, okay, okay... I don't know how you can watch it."
Dawn: "E, who else is going to watch it?"
Dawn goes on: "Noong nakita ng doctor na nanonood lang talaga ako, sabi niya, ‘Come here na nga, mag-assist ka dito. Pasok ako doon sa loob. Wala lang, hawak-hawak ko lang si Jacobo, sinu-soothe ko lang siya habang ginagawa ‘yong trabaho. Binigyan lang siya ng tsupon. 'Di man lang siya umiyak."
Photography: Rene Mejia