Family Matters | The shoe story

It is amazing to hear about students passing the board exams this month from Mindanao as they took and garnered the top 10 national bracket. To top it all, two come from poor families, a magbabalut vendor and the other is from a family who we commonly call mangangalakal. Because of poverty, this family picks up anything worthy to be sold like scraps of iron and plastic bottles to be recycled by big companies. One can imagine how these families survive and make ends meet. It is basically a hand to mouth existence, and every coin counts a lot. And more stories like even though they were not in the top 10 slots, some graduated and finished college as part time house-helps. Many that I know worked their way up to college as working students.

They know life, and they know how it is like to go to school hungry. Sometimes, the school uniform is only a set, and has to be washed and air dried for the next day. One that I know of is a personal friend from the Bagobo Tagabawa tribe, Analaine, who I used to mentor who survived college from the meager income of the father who is a caretaker of a Christian seminar place in Davao City. He has to feed about five children from his meager income. His eldest daughter, Analaine, has to raise funds from church friends for scholarship in order to go to college. Some did respond and now, she has successfully graduated. The highlight is the drama during her graduation day was even more catching. She was ready to march with her father to the stage to receive her diploma. But for no reason, one shoe gave out on that very hour as she marched, the sole flip-flopping on her way up to the stage and back. In social media, she even shouted that nothing even that shoe tragedy would diminish her excitement and pride to march with her father clutching his arms for two reasons: she needed the support to walk properly because of the uncooperative shoes and second, because she has finished college and be of help to her parents to support her siblings. I couldn’t pinpoint why my tears fell when I heard about her story. It could be because she successfully graduated finally or why did that shoe gave way when her story of college life should have ended successfully and with flair?

Ah, such is the irony of life. But one thing people shouldn’t forget is that money is not the gate pass to success. In fact, success is sweeter when you know that you have nothing, yet it happened anyway because you had the faith to understand that God is able. After which, the glory goes back to Him who enabled you, and we have nothing to be proud of but only the faith as small as a mustard seed because we believed.

“In life, many things don’t go according to plan. If you fall, get back up. If you stumble, regain your balance. Never give up. Lesson learned”. Quote by Maria Analaine Porgo (Remember the story about the shoe tragedy? With permission to post and publish)

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