Sharwen’s Pee-Pee Gets a Reprieve


Sharwen will be 13 next week. He's our nephew that lived with us in Guimaras along with his older sister, Shaina, 14, and both have recently moved in with us at our home outside of Iloilo City per their mother, Marjorie's request. Marjorie has been working as a domestic helper in Kuwait and wanted her children to live with their Tita and Tito (aunt and uncle.)DSC

I'm known as "The Enforcer." My asawa, "The Sainted Patient Wife," might look sweet and innocent but is as tough as nails and swings a mean bolo.  A recent incident in Guimaras involving peer pressure from some "friends" of Shaina and shots of Tanduay Rhum prompted the move. The kids needed some "tough love" supervision. We're just the couple to supply it. 

Marjorie also told my wife that she wants her son to be circumcised. It's even painful for me to write those words. I had previously covered this topic on an earlier post, "It's Circumcision Sunday in the Philippines."

My two nephews in Manila, Geo, 10 at the time, and Gerwin, 13, had the procedure done when my asawa and I were staying at their home last May. Poor Geo was in quite a lot of pain for several days. The stoic Gerwin refused to show any discomfort at all. He played the "macho" role to the hilt.

As my Filipino readers already know, circumcision, or "pagtutuli," is a traditional custom in the Philippines. Thankfully, that was NOT the practice back in Central Illinois where I grew up in the 50's.  Infant circumcision peaked in the United States in 1964.

Sharwen's mother desired her son to be taken to a healthcare clinic to have the procedure done during this summer vacation. I didn't have the balls to give the news to Sharwen so I left that up to my asawa. He doesn't understand half of what I say anyway. Or at least pretends not to. 

So the other day my nephew and his tita headed out for Western Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo. Shina stayed behind. It was Tuesday, a water re-stocking day. My asawa doesn't feel I am capable of handling this chore and stripped me of it some time ago. That's OK, I didn't protest the fact that my niece would be taking care of the job. Frankly, it didn't hurt my feelings one iota. 

Couple of hours later I get a call from my spouse. She's at the healthcare clinic but the numbers for the morning appointments have already been handed out. She'll have to return after lunch and hopefully snag a number for an afternoon appointment.

In the Philippines, many times a doctor's office or hospital will not assign any set times. It's "first come, first served." I was extremely glad that I did not have to tag along. My limited patience would have been sorely tested. 


As I'm "slaving away" working on this website and sitting with a fan blowing directly in my fat face with my Jango Internet radio turned up full blast, I faintly hear my wife's cell phone that she left behind for me ringing. 

I go into the other room to answer it, and my spouse informs me that after eating lunch at a nearby Mang Inasal, my wife had gone back to the hospital, gotten a number, and finally reached a receptionist who informed her that all circumcisions for the season were closed. There would not be any more scheduled until this December!

I'm sure my nephew was happy about that news. His pee-pee had gotten a reprieve. I was upset that my wife had spent all day at the healthcare clinic only to find out the procedure couldn't be done. There's a reason I call her "The Sainted Patient Wife." I would have blown a gasket. 

Author: The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

20 thoughts on “Sharwen’s Pee-Pee Gets a Reprieve

  1. I’ve got a feeling Irish and I are going to have a big arguement when Ivan reaches the age. I just don’t want to put him through this procedure at that age.

    1. All I can say, Murray, is that I’m very glad I was just an infant when I had the procedure done. Jeff and the guys were just talking about you today, my Kiwi friend, over at Langford’s. 😀

    2. An argument you most probably will lose, Murray. 😉

      It’s considered a coming of age for most of us, and something we can brag about later. We’re lead to believe one isn’t considered a “man” until one’s been circumcised. Our parents seem to enjoy waiting until we hit 11 to 13 years of age, so we remember every little detail, at least that’s what my Dad told me. 😀 Sadistic yes, but the “pag tutuli” stories are passed down from generation to generation. Unfortunately kids that don’t get circumcised are taunted by the other boys at school for being “supot”.

  2. My son was not circumcised as an infant (against my better judgment) and medically had to have it done at 4. OMG it is so much of a bigger deal at that age and he was in pain for a week afterward with constant soothing baths a requirement. At 13 I would leave poor Sharwin alone but of course that is not Dave’s call.

    1. Age 4? Yikes, I bet that DID hurt. And Sharwin is going to be 13? OUCH!

      Yep, I have NO say in the matter at all, Dave W. I’m leaving this one up to The Boss, my asawa, and she is taking orders from Sharwin’s Mom on this one.

  3. Dave,
    All i can say is it should be done as an infant for hygiene reasons. Tell your asawa i hope she had a nice Mothers Day. By the way what did you get her for Mothers Day lol

    1. I’m just glad I got mine done when I as a wee baby, Papaduck. Mother’s Day? Fairly low-key in the Philippines, and since my asawa is not a mother, this cheapie kano didn’t get her anything. 😀

      1. Well if the cheapie Kano didn’t get anything for his asawa on Mother’s Day, maybe he got something for his mother-in-law, LOL. 😉

        1. Lance, in my defense it IS called Mother’s Day. I’m not going to spend money on a holiday that doesn’t even apply to my asawa. She never expects anything that day. 😀 She knows how cheap her husband is.

          Mother-in-law? She’s always hiding whenever Melinda goes over to Guimaras. My asawa was just there last week to deliver some groceries to her Dad who lives some distance away from our home there, but my mother-in-law was nowhere to be found. However, I’m sure she misses me. :mrgreen:

          1. And here I thought you would have some snappy comeback about getting your mother-in-law a jar of that lizard poop you are so famous for. 😉

            1. Me, a snappy comeback, Lance? 😕 The mother-in-law has plenty of lizard poop around so I don’t think she would need a jar of the crap from me. But if she ever needs some more carabao crap, I have plenty of BS I could substitute. 😯

    1. You’re right, Gary. It’s not observed at all like it is back in the States. I don’t think a lot of people go out to eat at a restaurant like they do in America, probably because most folks couldn’t afford to do that here.

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