By: Ely Lagajino

I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself.” But behold, this also was vanity. Ecclesiastes 2:1 (ESV)

​Santa Rosa City proper is just an hour travel away from AUP. On my way home, I encountered heavy traffic. Two hours had passed, it was almost sunset, but I reached only halfway toward AUP. I gasped for breath and felt thirsty. The shopping center became a welcome breather along the way. I found a place to park the car; bought some goods, and water and rested for a while. 

Suddenly two motor riders dropped by, also to rest from the heavy traffic jam. They parked in front of my car. “That’s the new model of Honda.” One of the riders said.  They were pointing at my car as my ears seemed to become more prominent. 

Two months ago, Honda Motors launched this model in the market. My children bought it as a gift to us because they said we were getting old. While the riders examined the vehicle, I glued my eyes on them, and on my car, as I place the bag of groceries in the trunk, but I became thirsty, so I got a bottle inside the grocery bag.  I opened it and started to drink the contents of the plastic container, but I couldn’t forget the puzzling look on the riders’ faces as they stared at me. I thought it was my bottled water, but, instead, it was vinegar when it got into my mouth.  

There was no place to spit out the vinegar, so I gallantly swallowed it as I went inside my car and drove away. At my side mirror, I saw the riders laughing and probably talking about me, about me, the vinegar king drinker. 

When I got home I ate a lot of crackers and shake my stomach, thinking it would absorb the vinegar I drank. That night, I could hardly sleep because of an upset stomach.

​Many times our ego blinds our senses from the dangers that are just around us.

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