December 24, 2007

Sharing My Favorites this Holiday(The Hungry Traveller Christmas Post)

charity :

Main Entry:

\ˈcher-ə-tē, ˈcha-rə-\
1: benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity 2 a: generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering; also : aid given to those in need b: an institution engaged in relief of the poor c: public provision for the relief of the needy3 a: a gift for public benevolent purposes b: an institution (as a hospital) founded by such a gift4: lenient judgment of others

Though we dont celebrate Christmas(because of religion), I personally believe that this is the time of gift-giving and sharing what you have to the poor.

Last Friday, Armie and I went to visit an old friend, Abe who lives near in the coastal barangays in Agoo, La Union. Abe, a former fisherman in the area is now a caretaker of a local bar in Tubao(a neighboring town). He was a friend of mine wayback in Ilocos. A good father, son, friend, and citizen, Abe is respected by his neighbors and community folks.

It's been five years since we last visited his family. When we arrived at their place, few things have changed- Abe's three lovely daughters are now studying. The eldest in highschool, the second one in grade 5, and the youngest, grade 3. Abe's sister now has her own family. Aside from those changes, everything's still the same-nanay still sits in front of her sewing machine, making a living through accepting garment repairs; their little sari-sari store is still there, though sometimnes they have to close it due to lack of money to buy products; They still live on their little hut with only one room for them, with no bathroom and toilet(they share toilet with their neighbors).

Good thing I bought some of my favorite foods to share with the kids- a box of doughnut and spaghetti. i know that this isn't the one who will take them away from poverty, but even for a day, I will make Abe's family happy. We chatted with nanay and the kids for hours. We promised that we will come back again next year, planning to buy them some goods for their sari-sari store.

After the visit, I promised myself that I will visit them again. I will.