During my grade school days I ended up joining some money contest for a cause. At that time I didn’t even know that I was chosen to join. I was just informed by my parents that the principal and my teacher talked to them and asked them if I can join. Of course they told me that this is for the girl scouts, they wanted to raise some money for a project in school. Since I was a girl scout I was the one chosen at my classroom to represent. Each grade has to have one representative, and I was the one on fifth grade. Oh gosh, I hate to be in those kind of things To be the center of attraction.
Of course on this kind of contest you have to ask for money from the family and friends and some people that I don’t know. It’s embarrassing. I have to do it though. One time my dad told me that when ever the fish that was caught by our boat the money from that he will give it to me. A lot of my family were trying to raise money. It’s also become political, my schoolmate who was also part of the contest, her dad was getting kind of nasty about it. Later it was really them against us. Most of the people in our town supported me, even the mayor of the municipality and the next town from us. Even the richest guy in our place ask my dad if my dad wants to put a lot of money and he will give some share to the school. My dad told him that we will give what was given by the people and family and friends. He doesn’t want to really end up in debt just over this stuff. My dad said its nice to help but not to the extent that we will owe people some money. With that contest the school gets the half of the money that we put in. So my dad just wants to put the money from the people that help and from his pocket. I’m really glad that my dad didn’t go out and owe money because at the end we won anyway and no debt. Unlike our opponent they didn’t win, but they owe some money too.
Really the contest didn’t end there. The opponent wanted to have contest with another family member of mine and theirs. It’s getting personal I think if I remember. At the end my cousin won. It’s getting bad to the point that they are trying to cause a problem during coronation night. They are throwing rocks at the events. After that my family decided not to join anymore. It’s not worth it. Wow, thats almost 30 years ago. My partner on this contest, he’s a relative. Now, he is dead already. Hmm, most of you are calculating now how old I am? Well, I am 39 years old.
When I visited my place a few weeks ago. Me and my family are talking about it. Now we kind of laugh about it, and think how crazy the contest was before. Really our family is not involved in it anymore. Nowadays when they want to raise money they will just have like a disco party. The youngsters enjoy that better anyway.
And, this is how I became the 1980 “Mutya ng mga Iskaut” (Queen of the Scouts).
Any of you can share your childhood memories here?