Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Newspaper Boy 3

Image borrowed here

My dad's newspaper business stands right in the corner of a clothing
tiangge along a busy public jeepney station. It was a typical dusty old open area, barely 4 meters long and 2 meters wide crammed with stacked piles of soft drink bottle cases, a table used as a counter top and a news stand brimming with half-folded daily tabloids.The partitions were made out of chicken wires lined with old greasy tarpaulins and calendars given by different city political personalities. On the left are rusty improvised shelves and on the right displayed are more tabloids on rusty metal clothes hanger. It was the sight I have to endure and get used to since my father's trusted worker took a leave to seek medical attention from years of late night drinks. And until my father found another employee to man our microbusiness, that meant we, at our household, have to take turns operating the store on our own.

I have seen enough heated arguments between jeepney chauffers to presume that place to be a breeding ground for negative energy and I have inhaled enough jeepney exhaust and second-hand smoke to call myself hypocrite for selling cigarettes labeled dangerous for my health. These are only some of the things that I have come to hate aside from killing precious time and staring blankly at the countless passersby envying them from not getting stuck in a dusty roach-infested store trying to make a living.

Sometimes I wander whether these strangers perceive me as just another newspaper boy handing out changes and living my life in complete frustration. Well, I have dreams too. This job may have made me bitter but I have dreams too, you know.


  1. naintidihan kita....sad naman ako pero sana wag mu maxado damdamamin lahat ng nangyayari sau ngaun....dapat nga ma-challenge ka para in the future hindi na mangyari ulit kung anu man ang di mu gusto ngaun sa buhay mu....sabi nga nila..."its better to be selfless rather than to be selfish..." minsan kelangan natin umintindi para maintindihan din nila tau...bata ka pa at marame ka pang pag dadaanan...isa lang to sa mga mas mahirap pang darating sa life mu...di lang ikaw ang meron nito,minsan kelangan mu danasin ang isang bagay para hindi na muling balikan pa at maging leksyon nlng sa buhay....naintindihan kita!cheer up! malay mu one day lilingunin mu rin ang karanasang masasabi mo sa sarili mu na nalampasan ko na to...ok lang yan....

  2. to anonymous... salamat sa comment and sa encouragement... bibihira ang may mag-iwan ng comment dito kaya sobrang nagpapasalamat ako...

    gets ko naman yung message... it's better to be selfless than to be selfish... that made my day. at pagninilayan ko yan ng totoo... mukhang naging selfish nga ako sa inasal ko... heheh...


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