It was also recently that I signed up to be a Project 20 donor. The reason why it is called as such is because upon signing up for it, you are to pledge twenty (20) pesos every payday until December. All proceeds will then go to an organization that provides temporary shelter for kids. I personally think this is one genius project.
This post is not meant to show you that I’m a great person with a kind heart. This serves as a reminder, as my reminder, that I could do good things if I willed myself to do it.
So do I feel better about myself because of these? I think I do.
Yesterday evening, I was on my way home when I came across an elderly woman in the Ayala-Paseo underpass. She did not look much older than my mama lola, which is how I call my grandmother. But she looked weaker, and I could feel how tired she was. It was as if each step she made took three seconds. I couldn’t just make my way down the stairs like the rest of the people there. I took her hand, but upon reaching out my hand to her, she asked me for a biscuit. I said I didn’t have a biscuit at that time so I asked her if she wanted me to buy one for her. She has difficulty hearing so she didn’t hear what I said, but she told me that she hadn’t eaten a full meal yet. I asked her to go with me, that I’d buy her dinner.
I wanted to take her to our building’s canteen, but she said no. “Baka mahal diyan (Maybe it’s expensive there),” she said. I said it was okay, but she insisted on eating somewhere inexpensive instead. I didn’t know where else to go, so I led her to a fast food chain, which was just near.
The whole time I was with her, I was teary-eyed. I thought of my grandparents, especially my paternal grandfather who, because of the drift he and his children had, I have never seen nor heard from for a very long time.
My heart goes out to Nanay (mother). I forgot to ask her name. It didn’t really matter at that time. I just wanted to help her. It also didn’t cross my mind that maybe, she frequents that area, asking for alms. What was important was that I eased her pain, even for just a few moments.