Saturday, January 28, 2023

Rainy Days and Mondays...

Photo by Aline de Nadai on Unsplash

Rainy days and Mondays always keep me down... 

It has been raining here in Sorsogon for more than a month now.  It started in December and January's about to end, the weather's still the same.

Parang laging may bagyo!

But no such announcement from PAG-ASA, only warnings about heavy rainfalls.

When I was young, I remember hearing adults saying that January is a month of crisis, extending it to February.  I do not understand it then but I know it now and fully understand what this heavy rain is doing to us.

Yes, it gave us the opportunity to curl under the blanket and read our favorite books or comics.  Or, children nowadays, stay in the corner with phones in their hands.

These are times I remember, and vividly picture in my mind, the bowl of champurrado with milk on it or the steaming sopas filled with carrots and hotdogs.  The comfort we get even from memories are amazing.

However, as an adult, it can be a totally different thing.  The wind blowing aggressively makes the coconut and other fruit-bearing trees lose their fruits.  Fishermen can not go to the sea or the ocean to cast their nets.  Even farmers have to stay home because the rice fields are flooded.  People have no source of income and no source of food during this time.  Money is scarce, food is scarce, and for a family with a good number of mouths to feed, it can be frustrating.

But we are Bicolanos, we are Filipinos.  We survive, we will survive, that's how it is.

So I am taking these rainy days as an opportunity to be mindful, and grateful, for all the graces we receive.

Stay positive! 😍

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