Summer is over here in the Philippines already. Some kids went back to school a few days ago. Most of the private school will be going back this coming Monday.
During summer my kids went to GenSan. They also went to my family farm. As I wrote here before that they like to go there. Well, one thing they like at the farm is the river that is just near my parents place. The kids went there for a swim. The people at the farm were shocked watching the kids swim. They said that the water was so dirty from the flooding because it rained so much and made the water brown. The people there would not swim on it. But my kids and their cousins did swim. My kids did not mind the brown colored water. They told my sisters that its okay that its brown, they will just shower later then at my sister’s house.
When the time came for me to pick them up in GenSan they asked me if we can go to the farm before heading back to Davao. I told them okay. I wanted to see my family there too anyway. So, we went to the farm on the day I got to GenSan. As soon as we got to the farm the kids immediately rode the cartwheels (kariton) to get some firewood to be used for our Tapahan (a place to dry the copra). And of course they went swimming again.
At that time the water was still brown. It had been raining off and on in the mountain for a long time. It really brought back some good and sad memories for me. The spot where the kids were swimming was just near to the place where the wife our tenant was drowned. She’s close to the family because every time there was a special occasion at our house she was there to help out, so I saw her a lot at our house. So my sisters and I were talking about her while the kids were swimming.
While swimming they saw a neighbor kids fishing. My kids and their cousins from GenSan were fascinated with the net that this kids are using. So when that neighbor finished up fishing my kids and their cousin borrowed the net and they tried to fish themselves. They got some tiny crabs and shrimp. The only thing they like to go fishing in the deeper area, so not much catch there. Really they just like to hold that net and swim. So my sisters and I just let the kids do what they wanted to do. They had fun anyway. To catch using this net it should be in the shallow area of the river and try to open the rocks while the net is at the bottom of where you open lots of rocks. Then the fish, crabs and shrimp get caught then on the net.
I remember when I was a kid, my cousins and I used to go and fish with a similar net like the one I saw of the neighbor kids. We would be in the river for hours and hours in the day. We caught something but really we went to the river for swimming mostly. My parents would get mad because me and my cousins would be jumping from the side of the cliff and landed in the water. It was really fun for us, but my mom didn’t think that. She really thought it was too dangerous. Honestly, she’s right, but we had fun though. Sometimes I would have punishment when I got home. One time I told my dad that it was really fun to be jumping on that cliff. So I guess my dad understood my feelings a lot of times he would get his carabao ready to have a bath and he would tell me to come along with him and bring my cousins and we can swim while he put the carabao in the water too. We didn’t mind swimming in the river with the carabao near by.
My kids and their cousins didn’t mind that to this day either. While they were swimming the carabao was swimming near to them too. They even help the carabo wet his whole body.
I’m pretty sure the kids will go back again in that Patag river next year. They like it there. Just like their Mom.