By: Ely Lagajino

Whoever is wise will observe these things,
and they will understand the loving kindness of the Lord. Psalm 107:43 (NKJV)


Back and forth, the villagers helped search for yesterday’s lost animals. Every time we met, they kept asking, “Have you seen our carabaos?”  

I wondered why they did not ask questions such as, “What happened at the river pool?” “How did they get lost when their ropes tied securely?” Then I remembered that villagers advised ‘Say ‘Excuse me’ when passing by the river.” They believed that fairies inhabited the area, and asking what happened would offend the fairies, who would curse the villagers. I ignored the story because I knew that God is stronger than any evil spirit.

We continued searching until we reached a vast forest three kilometers away. Finally, I found my carabao; its rope curled around the shrubs preventing it from moving. I comforted my pet and said, “Sorry,” as I tapped its head. “You’ll eat your favorite young corn leaves when we get home,” I whispered, but it remained motionless. I tried to loosen the rope from around the tree when we heard a buzzing sound. “A swarm of bees!” I shouted and ran for my life.

The carabao jumped and ran faster than I could, but the wild bees flew more quickly than us, biting the back and eyes of the carabao. I shouted and cried, “My eyes!” Before reaching home, my two bulging eyes could hardly see.  “Double black eye!” I moaned in pain, “first from the firecrackers, now from the bees,” but I survived. “Thank God!”

Since then, I never encouraged anyone, even my children, to play with firecrackers. They often call me “spoilsport,” but I am happy that my kids have beautiful eyes and complete hands and fingers on the left and the right.

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