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By Passing Authority
by Marky Ramone Richmond Pascua
04/17/12
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When I was in 1st and 2nd grade, I hated school so much that I always find ways to bail out of the class and school (getting past the guards). My mother was about to give-up, (I knew, I've felt it) when she couldn't get me to stay in school. It was a good thing that my lola dada was there (spending a month or two of vacation). Hats off to my lola dada because she has a vast understanding in the field of torture and punishments =D she managed to change me. But there was 1 punishment I could never forget.

It was raining so hard, and for the Nth time, I ran out of school again. My mother and my Lola dada received a word that I got out. It is probably the mid-distance between our house and my school when I saw Lola dada and my Mother running. I was so afraid because the look on lola dada's face was so intense, she was so mad that her face cannot contain her madness. Then, she asked me to kneel on salt, with my hands raised. She told me "Pupunta akong Quiapo, huwag kang tatayo diyan hanggat hindi ako bumabalik". I thought, thank goodness, I could stand up while you're gone. But my mother was there, she even stepped up my punishments by hitting me with a hanger while lola dada was gone. When she got tired hitting me, I asked her " Mama, mahal ba ako ni Lola dada?" She said "Oo, hindi porket pinapalo ka at pinaparushan ay hindi ka na mahal" Then I asked again "Mahal mo ba ako?" She said "Oo, hindi porket pinapalo ka at pinaparushan ay hindi ka na mahal". And I asked her again "kung mahal mo ako, bakit hinhayaan mo na parusahan ako ni Lola Dada?" Then my mom told me that I was not giving her any more options, she doesn't know what to do. She also told me (while she was crying) that she is hurting as I hurt.

Now I understand the whole beauty of the story. My mom, did not by-pass the authority of my lola dada to make me realize my wrongdoings. I saw the mother of Jason Ivler, protecting her son so much, that she is hiding him from the authorities, and Jason Ivler just couldn't pay for what he did. It is an evidence of overwhelming love, but not love that corrects.

Whenever God tries to enlightens someone close to you and he is suffering as a result of his past actions, do not interfere God's way. Moreover, work hand-in-hand with God so that the light that God is trying to send to this person reaches him faster. Do not question God's way in rebuking our loved ones, yet pray to God and ask him to be gentle and soften the heart of the person you love. For God does not find pleasure in our hurting and suffering, so does our parents.

When lola Dada told me that she was going to Quiapo and I shall not stand up until she gets back, I asked myself "Quiapo? That's too far! So you will shop while I die here?" But just a week ago, It came to me that when she got back, she didn't have any shopping bags with her. She probably prayed (In Quiapo Church) to God to change me. With that pure intention, my perspective of school has been totally turned around. I wouldn't have achieved what I had achieved if not for the corrective and positive criticisms from the people who love me.

Thanks everyone. Thank you Lola Dada, I love you.

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