I remembered many years ago, I borrowed from my cousin a pair of jeans, a white shirt, and a pair of white sneakers for our CAT class. It was because I didn’t ask my mother to buy me any. That time, she often worries about our food for the day, and it would be too much to burden her about my CAT uniform.
We were renting then a small house with a sari-sari store. My mother resigned from work to tend to her store. I didn’t know if it was a wise decision as the rumble of emptiness from my stomach became frequent. The squeaky springs of our bed all the more hurt my back.
However, I didn’t know we were poor then. I was enrolled in an exclusive school where the tuition fee was way too high compared to other schools within the area. But there were many times we couldn’t afford to pay for electricity and water. And that perhaps is what I am most thankful for my mother — Ginapang nya talaga ang aking pag-aaral.