Yesterday was the birthday of my nephew. He turns 6 years old. He lives in the farm where I grew up. This kid’s parents really live in GenSan, unfortunately he is sickly, so my other sister and her hubby got him and take care of him as their own. His parents will be moving to the farm in the near future.
Anyway, my oldest son Chris is vacationing right now in GenSan for a few days. We will pick him up later this week. He really wanted to go to the farm to attend the birthday celebration and visit also his aunt, uncle and cousins there. Unfortunately he can’t go there right now. My sister and brother-in-law felt that its not safe for the my kids to go there. They said just to be safe don’t let the kids go there, or Bob. But we go to GenSan quite often. I really feel safe in GenSan and a lot of the areas there. Really we do go to the place just near our farm, just not in the farm itself because its kind of secluded. I really wish that the Barangay Captain asked assistance from the municipal place in letting those military people stay in the hill just near our farm. I wished she asked the local resident just a few peso a month for military support. It was really safe then when they were there. Honestly nothing happened yet for the past 25 years, but just to be safe just be alert though right now.
When I was a kid our neighbor owned big land and a store in the farm. One night some armed man took the woman and brought her to a further area from us and the people that capture her demanded ransom. If I remember the husband paid for it. The kidnapper brought her back. They didn’t harm her physically, but it did harm her emotionally. She got sick after that and died few years later. I don’t think people really know who took the lady. Really after that incident people tried to be vigilant and alert, but still my family just don’t want anything happen to the kids and Bob. They just want us to be really careful.
Hopefully by summer things will get better there. The kids already have a big plan to spend their summer there. They want to help my family there in working the copra, cleaning the land, making the charcoal and harvesting some vegetables. Of course riding the Kariton (cart pulled by the carabao) and swimming in the river there. That was really the big thing for them. They also like to help feed the pigs and chickens. I don’t know though if they will eat the chicken if they saw when its butchered. They never saw one before. I know for sure they will not eat a roasted pig thats on top of the table and be ready to eat and not chop to pieces. They don’t want to see a whole roasted pig, I guess they felt sorry for the pig. Probably some of you think my kids have strange attitude towards the roasted pig thing. Well, that’s how they are and I love them to death. I can’t change their minds on that.
Well, I will update you guys if we will go there for the summer vacation. Two more months and it will be summer vacation here for the kids. The farm is one of the place we are going to go to this summer, hopefully anyway.