One day, as we were going inside the Taal Church, a voice called from behind me –
“Ate, pahingi naman ng pang-tanghalian”. (Sister, may I beg for lunch.)
I turned around and saw a young lady with a child in her arms. “When I get out,” I promised her. “But I will ask a favor from you too.” I thought that she and her brother or child would be good photo subjects.
She was waiting by the door of the Church when I came out. A younger girl was waiting with her. I gave each one my alms. “Can I take your photos?” But they were already turning away even as they were taking the money from me. I was sure that they heard me. I let them go, embarrassed that I even thought of asking them a favor in exchange for the alms (though obviously not too embarrassed to take a photo of their backs. Yay!).
This week’s photo challenge has “Wrong” for its theme.
This picture shows ‘wrong’ in several levels, if I may say so.
First, I was wrong to attach strings to my alms.
Second, can I assign bad faith on the young girls for ignoring my request? Maybe not. Chances were that they were ready to agree to anything to ingratiate themselves to a prospective almsgiver.
Third, it is wrong that children are out on the streets, begging and exposed to all sorts of danger. Unfortunately, there are a lot of street children and homeless people in the Philippines, especially in the cities. There are government, private, and religious organizations that are dedicated to helping them. But the need is great and there is always room for people and organizations who wish to help.
For more WRONG responses, please go here. 🙂