A few days ago Bob bought a basketball for some kids that he knew a few months ago. Bob introduced me to these kids like a month or two ago. They are living not too far from our house. Really near the small market in our area. One of the kids was kind of the head of the group, his name is JJ. He is more friendly and talkative to Bob. I think when they first saw Bob passing by at the market they probably called Bob by the famous names of the foreigners here “Joe.” They were so friendly with Bob that they were friends right away. He told Bob that he goes to school in the afternoon.
Honestly they are more friendly to Bob if I am not around. Like when I first met them, the head of those kids asked me where are we heading that morning? I told him that we are going to the downtown area to get something. Bob kept on talking to them, the leader of the kids particularly. While he was answering Bob I could tell that he is not really talkative while I am there. I think he doesn’t want me to hear when he speak English to Bob. I don’t know why his so shy towards me. He might think I will laugh at him when he speaks English, I really tried to speak Bisaya in front of them . Really I understand their shyness, I am just so happy that they felt comfortable in talking to Bob. I could see too that they tried to speak Bisaya to Bob and they all enjoyed each others company.
When we went there to bring the ball, the rest of the kids were not there. Bob wanted to go to the basketball court and shoot ball with JJ, but I guess his parents were sleeping, he had to watch their little store for them. He was happy to get the ball but also kind of shy still because I was there. See, when Bob promised to give him a ball, I wasn’t there. I don’t know if he thinks I will get mad that he asked for a ball. I told him when he got the ball to share that to his friends, but he will be the in-charge of the ball. He can just keep it for them. He happily agreed.
Every time I pass by that area I never see him or his friends. See that area where those kids hangs out, is so near also to the place where we catch our motorcycle route on our subdivision. But for some reason, when Bob walks by on that area, almost a every time, those kids will be there playing or talking. Of course they will be happy seeing Bob. I think I heard them called Bob “Uncle Bob”. Really they are respectful kids. They just really are shy, but its okay though.
I was thinking that we can give some gifts for Christmas to him and his friends. His friends really need our help, they really are living below the poverty line. But even with the struggle they have in life they still managed to give a smile to us whenever they see us. Sometimes we saw them on the basketball court playing games using their flip flops and an empty can (the game is called tumba-lata). I’m pretty sure next time I will be seeing them they will be shooting at the hoop there with the basket ball that we gave them. If you want to donate to our LiP Christmas Drive this year, use the “Donate” button above, all proceeds will go toward helping poor people in the Philippines.
Thank you guys in advance for making some kids have a big smile on their faces and families food on the table during Noche Buena on this holiday season. Lets all be united in sharing a little bit of what we have to the less fortunate people here in the Philippines.
Happy Holidays to all of you!