It was this afternoon.
Me and my mom just finished doing some chores for the other house, we decided to go home to our run-down home.
We were finally inside the village.
I was so drenched in sweat from walking more than a mile. The sun struck down my skin. It was hot. I could age a lot from being exposed always to that kind of sun exposure.
Suddenly a neighbor stopped my mom and they had a really long conversation. I didn’t stay for I know my mom’s tendency to talk for so long.
With two bags in my hand and my whole body drenched in sweat, I needed rest from the sun.
Bad thing is I don’t have key to our run-down home. I have key for the other house we’ve been but I didn’t get the key from my mom.
I kept waiting. And I was still drenched in sweat and the sunlight still scorching me by the porch.
Then a stranger who does not live in my village approached me and asked for donations for his medical mission outreach. He handed down an envelope and introduced he was “Bro. ____”. I didn’t pay much attention. I was by our gate waiting for my mom to come by and here I was with a stranger asking for alms. I gave him ₽50 or $1. You see I was an easy target because I was by the gate and easy to approach at compared to my neighbors’ closed doors. I was still drenched in sweat when that man approached me. It’s not like I despised the unlikely encounter.
I missed call my mom several times so she will finally go home and open the door.
When she finally came, I am so happy to God I can finally have some shade.
But my attitude towards my mom is still rotten. The bag and umbrella she left at the gate, I brought in but the bag I just slammed it on the floor. You could say I still have a rotten attitude. And I know I need to change my attitude despite the fact I was drenched in sweat, stench, stiffness from standing and heat from the sun.
And here’s a rhetorical question: “How many of us can still keep a good attitude towards others despite the sweat, pain, hunger, long waiting we need to endure for somebody else?”