Yesterday, on my way to work, and just before I step on the overpass stairs, at the corner of the stairway, a mother and her small son was talking. The boy was on the verge of crying and seemed like he wanted something. All of a sudden, the mother yelled, “E, di bumili ka, halimaw ka!” (Then buy it, you monster!) I was shocked to hear a mother say the word ‘halimaw’ to the little child who was about six (6) to seven (7) years old.
I can understand that to be a working mother is not an easy task. It is always a challenge to keep one’s composure in the midst of stressful situations like the one above. It is not understandable though to batter a child because a mother is in such situations where everything is simultaneously going inside the mind.
I have to admit I had moments where my patience was tested when the children are still young. I am glad I did not give in and hurt them physically and emotionally. It is much easier though to hear a little child making his or her demands than hearing a grown-up child chide his parent/s of hurtful things.
- A Miracle (specialdaysuniquechoices.com)