Mama and her Not-So-Big-Time Friends


Lately, Mama had been mentioning names of her friends that I’ve never heard before.

“Si Nena, yung taga-NBI na barkada namin ni papa niyo.”

“Si Mayet, yung ka-batch ni papa niyo na abogado sa BIR.”

“Si Lina, yung taga DSWD.”

Si Aling Chuchu na kapatid ng biyenan na bilas ng kapitbahay ng mayor ng kabilang baryo sa may probinsya ng gobernor na bayaw ng kumare ng kapitan.

Amazing because these people know us by heart. During Tiya’s wake (August), I get to meet some of those people. They know what degree I earned in college, my current status, my siblings and the names of our babies.

I asked mama why didn’t they introduce these people to us when we were younger.

Verbatim:

” Kung nakilala mo si Tita Nena mo nung nag-aapply ka palang ng trabaho, hindi mo mararanasan yung pumila ng mahaba sa NBI, hindi mo ma-a-appreciate yung hirap. Hindi pwedeng ganun. Hindi ka mag-e-earn ng values na magagamit mo sana ngayon. Kung hindi mo nadevelop yung tyaga na gumising ng maaga, pumila at makipagsiksikan, hindi mo kakayanin yung pakikipag-deal sa ibang tao. Ano ituturo mo sa anak mo, ano ishe-share mo sa asawa mo, at ano ipapamana mo sa mga magiging apo mo?”

Nuff said, ma.

Nice meeting you, people! 😀

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