I got this joke from an email I received. It was kind of funny. Thinking back it is really true for some of the kids and parents here. I know this really happens here. I’ve heard a lot of similar stories with the people I’ve met everyday. This joke really meant of how much the kids are wanting a lot of fancy and expensive stuff. They go to the extreme and end up owing lots of money and have no education. I am trying to interpret this in English as best as I could. Sorry guys I know it lessens the funny side of it. I really apologize. Just have your wife interpret it for you. It’s perfect timing to have gotten this kind of email and text, in a little over a month, it is the end of the school year here in the Philippines. Our kids usually have the vacation time by the end of March or early April. So vacation time is just around the corner for us here.
The BISAYA VERSION:
Kumusta naman ka? Gipadala na namo ang Php 50,000 pang TUITION nimo, gibaligya na pud namo ang kabaw. Mahal man diay ng subject nga DOTA anak? Wala na pud diay ang mga kanding, nahalin na pud para sa imong projuect nga NOKIA N991 ba to? Apil na pud diha ang field trip ninyo sa BORACAY, layo pud diay na noh? Iprenda pa pud namo ang basakan para mapalit na tong sa MAPEH ninyo nga instrumento, IPOD man to anak noh? Unya kumusta tong experiment ninyo? Kadtong SAN MIG LIGHT, napasiga na nimo? Palita unya tong imong libro nga FACEBOOK para dili naka mamoblema. Mugraduate na unta ka anak.
Tatay ug Nanay
My ENGLISH Version(interpretation):
How are you? We already sent the Php 50,000 for your TUITION, we also sold our Carabao. Hey that subject of yours DOTA is a bit expensive huh? We don’t have our goats anymore, its already sold for your project, is that NOKIA N991 you said? Also including the field trip in BORACAY, Is that really far? We will also pawning our rice fields so that you will buy the MAPEH instrument, Is that IPOD? How’s the experiment your working, that SAN MIG LIGHT was it lighting already? Buy also that book you want the FACEBOOK so that you will not be having trouble anymore. We hope you will be graduating soon child.
Dad & Mom
As I was reading the whole joke when it was sent to me, it made me think of a friend’s friend who worked at a good school here. She works as the cashier in that school. She told me of a sad situation happened while she’s working. One day towards the end of the semester a mother came to the school to pay off, supposed to be the balance of tuition of her daughter. The daughter studied nursing if I recall. As you all know the nursing course here is not cheap. She proudly went to the cashier and so happy to say that she wanted to pay the rest of the balance her daughter owed to the school. And she’s also paying for the graduation fees. Right there and then the cashier (friend’s friend) was shocked and didn’t know what to say. Finally she told the mother that your daughter she did not enroll this semester and of course she’s not going to graduate and she still owed money from the last semester that she studied. The mom said that you must have been mixed her up with somebody, she’s been enrolled here. We’re even getting a grades from her.The cashier asked the mom the grades you are getting is it through the mail directly to you in an enveloped with seal? The mom said NO, she brought it with her.
Apparently she had the seal of the school copied and she print out the grades from there with the signature of the school dean/head. When the cashier showed the mom the real seal of the school, the mom saw the difference then. My friend’s friend says that the mom’s face went pale and just about to pass out. She’s so shocked and don’t know what to do. The mom told the cashier gosh, what would me and my husband do. We sold our land and our pigs. We don’t have much in our farm anymore. How will I tell my husband about it. She also said that the daughter had some young siblings that they are supporting. The parents were looking forward for the daughter’s graduation and for her to get a job so that she can help out her younger siblings. As you know for a few years now nursing course is the hottest profession here. A lot were dreaming to go and work overseas.
Bob and I had our nieces and nephew studied in a good school before. Upon enrollment the school states that they will send the grades through mail to our address. By the end of the school year if that grades did not arrived in our door step, I usually call or went to school and get the grades. We always said to our nieces and nephew if we didn’t see the grades we will not enroll you guys for the next school year. To be honest we will have that grades in less than few days in our hand.
I am really sad for some parents here. They work hard and sacrifice for their kids. Sometimes the kids just don’t think about what the parents did for them. It so sad too that the parents have to sell all they have for the kids, and sometimes the kids just forget that. I wish that the kids know how to sacrifice sometimes. Don’t have to have the fancy stuff that the other kids have. If the budget is tight, so be it. Just try to manage what they have. Don’t wish for the big things and the parents will end up with nothing at the end. I am a student before, I studied in Cebu while my parents lived part time in the farm and the city. We are not a well to do family. My parents tried their best to send us all kids to a good schools. My dad always reminded us to study hard because that’s the only thing he can leave us. Some of my siblings didn’t finish school and ended up living in our farm. It’s their choice.
I hope not a lot of you experience this kind of dilemma. Will be happy to hear some of your story.