31 May 2010

Reality Bites

The panda has sonic ears and x-ray vision. He mastered this at age seven by watching Bioman.

While eating at the local Buy One Take One Cheeseburger store a block away from his house, the panda witnessed an old man, probably in his early fifties, talking to the owner of a small restaurant adjacent to where the panda was eating his burger.

He wants a job. He seem to have lost a part of his leg.

"Sige na, kunin  niyo na ako dito sa restaruant niyo, kahit taga deliver lang ako ng pagkain."

"Kaya lang naman ako humihiling sayo na pagbigyan mo ako para may pambili man lang ako ng gamot. Kasi nga meron akong diabetes, naputol nga lang tong paa ko dahil nainfect to nung nakatapak ako dati ng pako. Siyempre pag may diabetis ka hindi mo namaramdaman yung sakit, hanggang sa lumala na nga at kailangan ng putulin sabin ng mga duktor..."

"Parang tulong mo narin sakin 'to... Kung hindi ko man makayanan ang trabaho dito magreresign ako kaagad, pangako."

"Marami ako pera dati, pero naubos na..."

"Pag nagtrabaho ako sayo, parang sampal narin 'ito sa mukha ng pamilya ko, para mapakita ko man lang sila na may pakinabang parin ako."

You can hear by the tone of his voice his hopelessness. He lost everything with his condition. He used to have a life, but now, is begging for a job and is willing to be paid in scraps.

The restaurant owner was just listening to this old man. She was not saying a word. For some reason though, she had to go. The panda did not see what they have agreed upon.

The old man was left sitting there. After a few minutes, finding himself with nothing to do and no one to talk to, he left, limping his way into the sunset.

The panda, for some reason, lost his appetite. The cheeseburger was twice as difficult to swallow compared to his first bite. It is hard to be happy with a yummy food and to witness a sorry old man almost begging for his life at the same time.

Maybe, some people are forsaken. Poor souls with virtually nothing left. They live in desolate perpetual subhuman conditions, torture, and tears.

On the other hand, some people live with silver spoons in their mouth. The world is their oyster.

Some people are fools.

They don't care.

Nor give a shit.

16 comments:

Sasarai said...

I feel for you Mr. Panda. We can change the world, we can! But the question is WHEN? When will this change happen? When all of us are already in our respective graves? Naaaah!

glentot said...

Stories about poverty and hopelessness always get me. I don't lose my appetite but I know these people exist and the best thing I can do, if not make their lives better, is to not make their lives worse.

Rah said...

@sasarai, OO nga, ang pagtulong ya hindi na dapat patagalin pa.

@glentot, I lost my appetite because it's hard to be happy with a yummy food and to witnessing a sorry old man almost begging for his life at the same time. :(

언니 said...

awwww nakakasad naman to lalo na yung sinabi ni manong na

"Pag nagtrabaho ako sayo, parang sampal narin 'ito sa mukha ng pamilya ko, para mapakita ko man lang sila na may pakinabang parin ako."

hayssss,,,,,agree ako sau nakakawalang gana pag naka witness k ng ganung situation tas alam mong ala ka ding magagawa para sa old man,,, T_T

LM said...

naluha ako dito, seryoso.

sweet pea said...

aawww....i admire him though that he's willing to work despite of his disability ....not like others who would just beg for money

karen anne said...

you may not know something better is waiting for him..:)

Chi D. Flowright said...

Naalala ko yung sabi ni Daddy.

"Kaya binibigyan ibang ang mga tao ng sobra sobrang biyaya, ay dahil meron silang hindi man responsibilidad na matatawag,ay tawag ng kagandahang loob upang ipamahagi ang natatanggap mong biyaya."

Its like saying "All good deeds will come back a thousand fold."

Love the post BTW :)

LM said...

@sweetpea: yeah, I know! :) you can't help but admire that.

kaya ako naluha kasi, even though I know it's not gonna happen, I imagine it's my dad saying that. the man still wants to prove he can still provide for his family, failing that, he wants to prove na hindi sya burden.

up to this hour, that entry still strikes me.

The Reviewer said...

hay pands. kahapon lang nagpapareload ako sa sari sari store eh nakatitig sa kin yung suking lady grasa ng street namin. she always reminds me of my mom kasi they almost look alike pero full of grasa nga lang si lady grasa. i always wonder how she got into that state.

leng said...

a big salute to this old man.. marami akong nakikitang mas bata pa siguro s akanya and mas complete ang mga body parts pero mas pinipili nilang umupo s atabi o kaya lumamyerda sa daan at manghingi... pero si tatay, kahit iika-ika na, pinili p ring maghanap ng work despite all..

pmm012 said...

its frustrating seeing scenes like this.. i hope that man would be given a break soon..

khantotantra said...

hope na nakuha nung manong ang job.

aryan said...

most people really don't care. i don;t know if it's because they're apathetic, or maybe it's because they feel they have seen so much of the world already, nothing's new, not even these people struggling for their lives. and maybe they themselves feel hopeless too, because they feel like nothing can ever change this, not even them.

Majojojo said...

naawa ako kay manong...pero mas nahabag ako nung nabasakong walang ginawa o sinabi man lang yung may-ari ng restaurant. maraming ganyan tao sa mundo, maraming biyayang natatanggap, ngunit napakamanhid or nagpapakamanhid o namamanhidmanhiran sa paghihirap at pagsusumamo ng ibang tao upang mabuhay man lang at makakain. masama man, ay aaminin kong minsan ay nagiging ganito rin ako, manhid sa katotohanan sa mundo. naaawa ako, ngunit wala akong magawa. di ko sila kayang tulungan. minsan namaý di ko sila tinutulungan sa takot na baka imbes tumanaw sila ng utang na loob, ay pagkaingrato pa ang ibalik.nakakatakot na ang kumunidad ngayon, ngunit naaawa pa rin ako sa mga taong ganyan. sanaý makakuha si manong ng trabaho upang siyaý kumita man lang para sa gamot nya...

tsina said...

nakakaiyak bro...the least he could do, is offer this person something to drink or eat. i mean, all of us have different reactions toward the resto owner. but put yourselves into his shoes, what could we have done? could we have hired him? anghirap din magsalita diba? but then, we can always do something. maybe not really grand, but something from the heart ( that is if we have a heart)