I was ashamed of myself to have judged a kid
Yesterday, I attended an event at Acacia Hotel at Alabang (will post about it on my other blog -levyousa.com), it is near Alabang Town Center so I decided to drop by and buy some food for dinner. I decided to use my GC at TGIF (will post about this on my food blog -foodquest.levyousa.com).
Before I entered the restaurant, I found a boy outside wearing a white sando, a simple short and a pair of slippers. He was silently watching a movie at the glass outside the store. When my order arrived, I went to the boy and gave him some drinks, but I was surprised that he refused.
I thought that he was just shy, so I said that it was okay and showed him that I have some more, but he still refused and he looked teary eyed. I was ashamed for the refusal so I went ahead.
While on my way home, I kept on thinking why the boy refused my offer. Didn’t he liked what I offered to him? Did I offended him? Or is he just shy?
Then I remembered my mom, when we were young she always reminded us not to take any candies, foods or drinks from strangers. Yes I think we also looked dirty and hungry, but we never begged or get something from anybody since we were afraid that some strangers might do more harm than good.
I realized that maybe this boy was also taught by his mother the same thing. Maybe he is just really enjoying and watching a movie, and he doesn’t need any thing from anybody.
I had good intentions but had wrong execution. I learned my lesson that day, that is to never judge someone based on what you see from the outside and also if you want to help someone, do it the proper way that is by donating in institutions.
Have a great weekend readers!
It’s very easy to judge people on the way they look and that’s why even though we’re poor I still try very hard to buy my kids quality clothes… because I don’t want other people mistaking them for beggars… mahirap ka na nga, magmumukha ka pang kawawa… that’s what I try to avoid…
Angie B. says
I have to wonder though if you wouldn’t have offered it would you be thinking you should have? Once I was in a thrift store. I was buying some stuffed animals for a craft. They sold them in bags and there was certain ones I didn’t need. There was a guy with a little girl in front of me. The little girl’s hair was stringy. Her clothes looked old and worn. She was very quite and just kept staring at the stuffed animals I was holding. The man with her (I’m assuming was her father) looked stressed and tired. I thought maybe they were having a hard time in life. I paid for my purchase and kept thinking I should offer the little girl the stuffed animals I didn’t need. I was too shy to ask, I was afraid I would offend them. Til this day I think about that little girl and wish I would have at least offered
Mommy Iris says
I know why 🙂
Kasi bawal na bawal manglimos sa Alabang. Hinuhuli ang mga nanghihingi and they’re very strict about that rule.