By: Ely Lagajino

And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes… There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4 (NKJV)

​ After my father’s death, I transferred school beginning grade four. I stayed with my Auntie who was teaching in a remote coastal barangay. I helped feed the Carabao and tend a sari-sari store during my vacant hours. 

I admired my older classmates, who became financially independent. They earned unlimited allowances through fishing when fishes were abundant. However, fishermen in ourbarangay used dynamite, a destructive method of fishing. At first, we didn’t know it was illegal because the folks used it casually. It fascinated me to practice such a method to be a successful dynamite fisherman later. 

 It was Christmas when I took some firecrackers similar to today’s triangle and wrapped them with foil and plastic, exposing a short wick. Then I put clay around and dried it under the sun and named it clay baby dynamite. Through trial and error, I mastered the explosion time. 

Together with my friends, we went to the seashore carrying clay baby dynamites. “Good timing, it’s low tide,” I announced as we saw small fishes caught in a circular canal.

 I lit the dynamite, and at the count of three, I dropped it… boom! 

Unfortunately, the baby dynamite exploded before it reached the water. Debris of clay hit my face and entered myright eye. I shouted in pain, “Ow, my right eye is blind!”” My friends carried me home, and I waited for first aid, but my uncle and auntie were not around, and a doctor was many kilometers away. I fell asleep despite the pain.

While sleeping sideward, something strange happened. The tears that continued to flow because of the pain washed away the clay debris in my eyes. When I woke up, I felt better, as if nothing happened except that I had an inflamed black decoration around my right eye- a black eye.

 I discovered a great lesson in life. I may have invented a clay baby dynamite to hurt and destroy, but God created tears to relieve and heal our pain. (to be continued)

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