Did you ever notice that sometimes you have a perception of how something is, yet when you put it to the test you find out that you were wrong? Maybe you aren’t 100% wrong, but you are also not right.
This happened to me last week, and both Feyma and I were kind of shocked when we realized how wrong our impression was.
On my birthday last week, Feyma and I went out to lunch at a nice restaurant here in Davao called De Bonte Ko. It is a Dutch Restaurant, owned by a friend named Henny. We really enjoyed our meal there, and the staff there really treated us in a first class way as they always do when we visit. We realized that we had some business in the downtown area, and it was easier to just walk from De Bonte Ko to take care of our business, so I asked Henny if it would be alright for me to leave my car in the lot until I finished my business downtown, he said it was no problem. Well, I had about half of what I ordered for lunch left over (spare ribs), and asked for it to be put in a “doggy bag” for take out. I told Feyma that I hated to waste it, but since we weren’t headed straight home, I would just give it to one of the street kids that I saw while we were walking. She thought it was a good idea too.
So, we were off walking through the streets of downtown Davao. We had a few stops to make, and ended up walking maybe 8 blocks or so through the City streets taking care of business. I was keeping a sharp eye out for the right person to give my extra spare ribs to, but I was not finding anybody. I was hoping to give it to a youngster that was begging on the streets – not a specific person, just any such kid. Funny thing was, we walked through all those blocks, and I never saw a beggar at all, let alone a kid! Finally, when we just got back to where we started I saw a kid begging about a block down the street, so I walked down there and gave it to him. He sure was grateful for the food, and it made me feel good to share it with him.
But, you know, my perception was that I would run into 3 or 4 such kids in the first block that I walked! That’s what Feyma expected too. Is it that there are fewer beggars now? Did I just happen to get “un-lucky”? Whatever the reason was, both Feyma and I were shocked, and we even joked that you could not even find a beggar on the streets when you needed one!
What do you think? Does this surprise you, like it did us?