Hurray to my nephew! He is now circumcised.
I heard from my mother that my sister took her son to the Operation Tuli (Operation Circumcision) held in the nearby Barangay on Tuesday. He was so persistent that he is ready to be circumcised.
Although, he did not know what to expect there. According to my mother, my nephew freaked out when a boy cried and blood was running down his legs after his circumcision. My poor nephew cried hysterically. He got scared the moment he saw the other boy crying. And when it was his turn, four people helped to lay him down because he was wiggling and resisting so hard. He said he does not want to be circumcised anymore. The doctor did his best to calm my nephew.
The circumcision was quick. When it was time to do the stitches, the doctor asked my nephew count to twenty so his attention will not be on the stitching. He was given anesthesia during the process of course. My nephew is in the healing period now. But I think he has the trauma of it. I told my mother to tell him that my husband and I are very proud of him. Forget the scary part because he is brave for doing it.
To me, tuli or circumcision is a true ritual of Filipino manhood. Usually this big event in a young boy’s life takes place in the summer when the school year ends.