Sunday, December 5, 2010

A Prayer and A Vote

I usually attend a Saturday night mass since there are less people and I find it more solemn so I can say a short prayer and can concentrate on listening to the priest.

I decided to wear a shirt and a short, forgetting that there was a dress code; I have to stay outside at the church’s canopy. At least it was a little chilly tonight. I stayed near the huge old oak doors of the church and opposite to me is an old lady, around 80s, sitting on the floor and is wearing a tattered duster under an old school uniform skirt. Both her feet are swollen and she mutters a prayer after each time people pass by her when she asked for some change.

The empty cup she was holding was flown by the cold winds entering the canopy. The cup fell at least 2 feet away from her and she was about to crawl on the church’s floor. I reached for the cup and hand it over to her. That’s when I knew she has poor eyesight as one of her hands reaches for the cup and the other reaching for my hand.

I returned to my old post, back to the opposite side of the church’s door and gaze upon the altar, look up to the Cross and thought the lights carried by the Angels near it went blurry. I closed my eyes and that’s when I felt I tear up a bit.

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In the light of the coming The 2010 Philippine Blog Awards, I’m casting my vote to Ms. Xienah’s blog, CHKSLG under the category of Blogger’s Choice Award. I’ve been a visitor of her blog for almost 2 years and her posts never fail to amuse me. Her writing skills and theme are the things that usually get my attention. So I want to congratulate her in advance and I hope she’ll take this award home. Apir!

Lastly to my readers, please if you do have time. Cast a vote too! Thanks!

31 comments:

Kyle Cee said...

I like the post. Kaya minsan ayaw kong makakita ng matanda na nanlilimos kasi naaawa ako. Pero sila lang malimit yung binibigyan ko kapag nanghihingi sila. :(

Kyle Cee said...

Tsaka kapag nakikita ko na sa tingin ko mas malakas pa sa akin ang humihingi ng limos ay hindi ko binibigyan. hahaha choosy...

KikomaxXx said...

wee.. ok..

MOKS™ said...

medyo tochy tong post mo na to parekoy...

Jaffila Mae Traya said...

~..sometimes people in the margin are disregarded by us....including me...:')

JP said...

aged people also get my soft side. :(

hope she'll eventually get her deserved space UP there. :)

Désolé Boy said...

It is a chilling thing to see, as I
Have seen - a man go down into the grave
Without a tear, or even an altered eye:
Oh! sadder far than when fond women rave,
Or children weep, or aged parents sigh,
O'er one whom art and love doth strive to save
In vain: man's heart is soothed by every tone
Of pity, saying "he 's not quite alone."
-A Pauper's Funeral

Nimmy said...

so much to be thankful for noh doc? :)

have a blessed sunday. :D

Luis said...

wow.. dr. ced.. nakakatouch ang posts mo lately ha.. I can say na hindi lang talaga saging ang may puso.. pati tong blog na eto.. pero kung dagta naman ng puso ng saging ang pag uusapan.. soltero is the run away winner.. hehehehe..

pag nakakapag practice ka na.. may isa ka ng guaranteed patient.. lilipat na ko gastroenterologist na may puso.. hehehehe.. :)

Mu[g]en said...

I hope you gave her spare coins. :) Nice entry Doc Ced. :)

Raft3r said...

May dress code na sa simbahan?
(halatang di nagsisimba, ano?)

my-so-called-Quest said...

@kyle - me too. reminds me of my two lola pati parents ko.
pero tama yung tipong kayang kaya pa, bigyan na ;ang ng food mas oks pa yun. hehe

@kiko - ahehehe. adik! :D

my-so-called-Quest said...

@moks - salamat salamat. :)

@jaffila - astig ng name mo ah. :)

sadly nadidisregard natin ang mga tulad nila. madalas ako makakita ng matatanda sa kalsada, nakakawa talaga sila :(

my-so-called-Quest said...

@JP - buhay pa ung lola sa simbahan. aheheh. pero sana mabawasan na paghihirap nya. :(



@DB - nice, lucky are we despite na may mga konting paghihirap e hindi nakakaranas ng tulad ng dinaranas ng iba.

my-so-called-Quest said...

@nimmy - tama, madaming madami tayo na dapat ipagpasalamat. :)


@luis - hahaha. adik ka talaga. salamat sa pagdaan ah. may link ka pero asan ang blog mo? nakakatouch ang mga ganyang readers. hehe

my-so-called-Quest said...

@MUgen - sadly, i don't have any coins or money to give. naglalakad lang ako papunta at pauwi from simbahan. bawi ako next time. sana makita ko pa sya dun. :)


@Rafter - hahaha. sa amin meron bawal pala nakashorts and flops. hehehe

soltero said...

doc..napakabait mo nman hihi..sarap tlagang demonyohin ka bwahhahaha :P

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU DOC CED!
i cant say anything more.










.xG

my-so-called-Quest said...

@soltero - nyahahha! adik! :D




@xG - alang problema! :D apir! hehe

nielz said...

Alam mo, there's this old lady i always pass by sa divisoria.. one time binigyan ko sya ng tinapay hindi nya kinain.. kasi nagtago ako sa likod ng poste at pinagmasdan sya. nilagay nya lang sa bag nya. hmm.. siguro di kaya ng ipen nya. then the next day mamon naman ang binigay ko sa kanya para malambot, peor hindi ko na tiningnan kasi baka ma frustrate lang ako.. hehe bait bait mo naman.. we have the same utopian dream.

Luis said...

doc ced.. wala akong blog.. isa lang akong masugid na tagasubaybay ninyo nila coldie (ang pinakamatagal ko ng sinusundan... since 2007 pa yata..) at ni soltero(na pag iyong nasimulan.. hahanap hanapin na ng iyong laman.. hehehehe).. ngayon lang ako nakikigulo.. pero matagal na akong tagahanga nyo.. :)

ʎonqʎʇıɔ said...

oh old people are the worst. they tug at my heartstrings like anything! parang i just wanna see them resting nalang. *sigh*

Axl Powerhouse Production Inc, said...

ooh so nice post... natouch naman ako doc!! sabi nga nila in everything you have give thanks :D

my-so-called-Quest said...

@nielz - aww. hat's nice of you. i was about to do the same sa lola along roxas blvd and the next day may baon ako wala na sya. :(



@luis - aww nakakataba ng puso. salamat sa pagsuporta o sa amin. salamat salamat! :D

my-so-called-Quest said...

@citybuoy - siguro they remind us of our love ones more. and they desere more from what are they having now. :(



@Axl - aww. salamat

shenanigans said...

your story sa chruch...

it moved me.. :'c

2 years na kong walang simba eh

glentot said...

Believe it or not, as bad as my image seems to be, these stuff touch a certain chord in me. I hate staring poverty right in the face, it reminds me of how savage life can be.

my-so-called-Quest said...

@shenanigans - aww. salamat :D
hmmm maiintindihan ka naman Nya dahil busy ka. :)


@gelntot - akalain mo? hehehe. biro lang. pero sobrang bigat kapag nakakaita ng ganun. gusto mo tumulong pero pano? :(

Leo said...

this post made me cry... it's painful a scene doc. :(

my-so-called-Quest said...

@leo - awwww :( wag na masad. pakantahin na natin si nimnmy? hehhe

stevevhan said...

Ish this is a very touching story. Everytime i think about poverty i always associate it with these kind of people. If i am only rich, if i could only help i would, yet sometimes i feel lazy of embracing such responsibilities.

I am sad. Really. Giving alms are not enough to stop her suffering.

Where are the families of these people?i know how painful it is being left alone by those you love the most!