“Happy Lang….”

READ: Psalm 139:13-16 (TLB)

How many of you have watched this TV series entitled “Little Nanay” on GMA-7? If you have done done so, I’m sure you do miss Tinay and her favorite expression, “Happy lang….”. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Kudos to GMA-7 for such a wonderful Teleserye concept! For those who do not know, Tinay’s character (portrayed by Kris Bernal) is a mom with intellectual disability. Carefree as she is, she was not spared from the ordeal of being ridiculed and rejected even by her loved ones (so-called superhero Archie and daughter Chie-Chie) a few times. Her family (Loloy, Lolay, Bruce, Peter and Gpap), however, has consistently shown their love and support from the start until the final episode (aired on March 23, 2016).

Parents, siblings and relatives of PIDs (Persons with Intellectual Disabilities) should have watched this. The last part is so touching—you’ll shed tears even if you don’t have a family member with disability.

“We may not be street smart or highly intelligent, but we can still do a lot of things…. We deserve love and respect from everyone, much more from our family.” — Tinay (paraphrased speech)

The entire video reminds me of the message of my book and of our negative attitude when we are not secure and content with what we are blessed with physically and intellectually. That steals our happiness. With our critical spirit, we see what’s wrong and lacking with this and that person. We have so much to learn from a simpleminded mom like Tinay. To her, “Happy lang….” means to be happy is our only choice. It does mean we refuse to give room to worries and sour graping, but we choose to be thankful for what we have—no matter the situation.

Happy lang surely includes being appreciative of each one’s uniqueness as God’s creation. While intellectual pride manifests itself in looking down on others who may not have the same intelligence or professional status, such pride is out of place or inappropriate for someone as grateful as a special child and the Psalmist.

We may not have wished we were special. But just how happy are we these days?

🙂 🙂 🙂

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit them together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
It is amazing to think about.
Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it.”

Psalm 139: 13-14 (TLB)

No Room for Selfishness

READ: Isaiah 49


Motherhood unveils the best that resides in each of our hearts—that of our selfless, compassionate nature. As a young new wife working among an indigent community, I experienced serving snacks for mothers and children visiting in our house. One time I saw a five-year-old boy who got his mother’s portion and the extra ones on the plate. Instead of scolding him or refusing to give in, the mother willingly gave her share plus the extra pieces of cake.

Hmmm… maybe she needed some tips on discipline. What caught my attention, though, at that moment was the simple sacrifice of the mother for her child.

Now that I myself am a mother, I can understand better that poor mom’s sacrifice. Although I try to restrain my child’s appetite by teaching her to be satisfied with her share, there are times that I still give her that last bite of chocolates or chicken nuggets, or last scoop of ice cream, or whatever it is that’s really her favorite. Yes, even if it’s also mom’s favorite.

While we hear of hurting mothers who neglect their children, leaving them to the care of someone else, or much worse, mothers physically abusing their sons or daughters—I believe there are more heroic moms out there who will give up almost everything for their kids. I know of a friend who has given up her career for her to take care of her children. One mom featured in the Reader’s Digest had opted to lose one breast through mastectomy instead of a lumpectomy, in order for her to save the life of the baby in her womb. The list can go on and on….

What about you? What are you willing to give up for your children?

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne?” — Isaiah 49:15a