Classes will officially start tomorrow, Monday, June 1. Enrollment for my niece and nephew in grade school is done. They have their new school supplies, uniforms, and shoes. My youngest sister, on the other hand, has to buy new shoes because her feet is getting bigger. She is growing fast. But her new school supplies
are complete from pens to handbags.I bet it is going to be exciting in the school tomorrow. Students will be busy looking for their names in the class lists posted in the classrooms. It is always fun searching together with your school mates.
Do you know how it feels when everybody gets something and you do not? Like a relative sends a bunch of gifts with everybody’s names on each gift and your name is not included on them? How would you feel?
I know. You feel neglected. You feel sorry for yourself. This is what happen to my little nephew last week.
My father’s youngest sister sent some stuff to my family. Every gift had names one them…from my tatay to niece. But my little nephew C did not get anything. He was like walking back and forth looking over the shoulders of my mother while she was giving out the gifts from the package. “Where is mine?” This is the question my nephew uttered after all the gifts were distributed. My little nephew started crying and his mother (my sister) embraced and comforted him.
My mother and her both felt pity for my little nephew because he was crying seriously. Good thing my mother quickly thought of something that might comfort my nephew. She said since he likes getting P 5.00 coin, she puts one in a plastic and put his name on it. My mother did it very quickly and threw the coin secretly in the package box. Then she was like, “let us check the box again. Maybe C’s present is in there somewhere.” Then my mother checked the box again. ‘Surprisingly’ got the P 5.00 coin and said, “oh look what I found. There is something in here for…let me see…for C!” Then C stopped crying and ran towards her. He had the P 5.00 coin on his hand and said, “This is nice. Mine is money yours are not.” Then he started smiling. He’s happy again.
But the thought that my little nephew cried because he got nothing from the package had me teary-eyed while I was talking to my mother last night.
Getting ready for another school year. I was informed that our students at home were already enrolled for this school year. The enrollment period started on the 18th and classes will be on June 1st. Meaning, they only have two weeks of preparation like buying schools supplies and school uniforms.Prices of school supplies are getting high so as the uniforms. Before, a P 100.00 peso bill (about $ 2.00) can buy me seven notebooks and three pens for my seven major subjects in the class. Today, you can only get yourself a maximum of five notebooks in this amount (I am talking about fine quality supplies). We usually buy supplies at National Bookstore. They have wide selection of school supplies available to students from grades school to college. Plus, they also have office supplies and books…of course. Sometimes, if the budget is too tight, we buy notebooks, paper, pens, and everything else in the market. The market has stores that offer low-priced school supplies too. Some uniforms are bought in the school (if in private), but we buy yards of cloth to be tailored as uniforms. To me it is more affordable. Because if you buy it in sets, you will be spending like a thousand pesos.
Oh well, that is how it goes. What we are doing right now is providing our students the things they need in school because it helps them become motivated and inspired to study hard. I hope my sister, niece and nephew will have fun at school.
This school year…
Delyn is in 10th Grade,
Joy is in 5th Grade, and
Clifford is in 1st Grade.