A few months ago I was having a meeting set at one of the condo units here near SM. Before the person that I had meeting with arrived, while my nephew was looking for a space to parked our vehicle, I was standing outside the building on the near walkway. I was standing at the sidewalk and texting. I noticed a cart (kariton) loaded with folded empty boxes. I can hear people talking. So I looked at the other side of the kariton, I saw 4 people eating lunch. I smiled at them and said hi. I tried not to looked at the food, I could tell that the couple were embarrassed that I saw the food they have.
Just to make them comfortable, I moved a bit further. I just can’t resist it, I had to talk to these people. The kids were really cute. So I was asking them how many kids do they have? And what part of town they are from? They told me that they are from somewhere in Mati. I told them I’ve been there and I liked the place. I asked them what part of town they are from here in Davao, and it must not a long ways since it would be hard to be pushing the cart. The wife then said that they didn’t have any house here and that they are homeless. Watching the kids and them my heart just sank and I almost cried.I was gonna ask them why not go home to the province and live there with simple life. At least they can plant something and have some animals to sell and for food. I don’t really know the real story why they left the province, I don’t really want to pry with their lives. I was a stranger to them.
I should have figured it out why they have with them the empty boxes and the pots and pans. I should have known better than that. It was hard hearing from the people what they are doing especially with kids involved though. I really wanted to help these people out. But my gosh, we’ve got so many people that we are trying to help out too. We can’t afford to be helping more. Its always difficult seeing something like that. Just then the person that I was going to meet showed up. Before I went to the meeting I gave some money to this people and told them to get some food. Really not that much, but at least to fill up their stomachs for the day.
Another homeless couple that I really noticed here was living in the downtown area here in the city. These people were sleeping outside the building. I did notice them before like 2 years ago. I just didn’t think about it because I’ve seen a bunch of them sleeping at the sidewalk or the walkway of some buildings. But early this year I notice a hammock hanging at one of the tree outside the building. So I ask my niece and nephew if they noticed that before. They told me that those homeless there now had a baby. At first I thought they were just resting there for the day. But, I noticed every time we passed by there, that hammock had a baby in it and the father or the mother swinging it.Can you imagine during rainy days when its pouring down here in the city. They just had like boxes for the bed and a blanket. They could get wet. I felt sorry for the baby.
When we went back to take the pictures. It’s not just one couple there now living outside the building. Another couple was there too with a kid. Oh boy, whats going on with these people. I don’t really know what to think of it anymore. I wished they really used some protection for not having a baby. But on the other hand they might want to have a baby with them, so that its easy for people to dig into their pockets for change by seeing a baby there.
Geez, are we just sucked into our feelings here. Can’t help it though, I felt for the baby.