It rained heavily and on my way home, floods have dominated the streets that caused me to spend my remaining money for the fare to ride a vehicle. I have three choices then, first is to ride a Jeep, the second one is to ride a tricycle and lastly is to ride a cycle rickshaw or commonly called as Pedicabs. Among the three choices, riding a Pedicab is the most convenient of them all. The fare is not that expensive and the drop off point is straight to our house. Though it’s not as fast as the jeep and tricycle still I opted to ride on it since I am not in a hurry. I ambled towards the parking lot and there I found this kind of vehicle in a queue. I was so surprised to learn who’s in the first line to cater the service. Guess who? A frail and hunched seventy year old man whose face has mostly been hidden by wrinkles and I could tell that he is already physically weak. But what the heck, that old man is there? That was the question that perturbs my mind while deciding if I’ll take the ride or not. For a little moment I was in a hiatus until he persuaded me to go inside. I don’t know if he can manage to stamp his feet on the pedal just to get fifteen pesos for the fare. I am really a hesitant then but on my pity I decided to take the ride. He seems to be in dire need of money.
When I gazed upon the cornerstone near our street I finally decided to end his suffering and let him take a halt. I jumped out and handed him my fare. From his face lies a priceless smile, a smile only payable by a kind gesture and not by any material bliss.
There has been an ongoing debate about the retirement age of Government employees here in the Philippines whether to give them a choice to retire at the age of sixty or sixty-five. Some wanted to extend their service and some wanted to rest and savor their remaining time thus I personally believe that they should be given that choice.
I am praying with fingers crossed, hoping that our Government would also look up on the situation of the poor old man I encountered on that fateful night. He doesn’t have a choice and I wish people like him may also be given a choice.