Nag-viral sa social media ang kuwento ng isang ama na nagawang makapagtapos ng kolehiyo sa kabila ng mga pinagdaanang pagsubok lalo na ngayong panahon ng pandemya.
Sa Facebook post ni Ading Salvane, ipinagmalaki niya ang tagumpay ng kaklaseng si Tatay Jerome Velez.
Nakilala raw niya ito nang maging kaklase niya sa 3rd year.
“I met him on my 3rd year in college on one of my class during Saturdays. He asked me if i knew how to answer our seatwork and apologized for asking about it. When I looked at him, he was very tired and shaking (maybe because of hunger).
“He was a very shy person. He doesn’t look at you straight in the eye when he talks and will always bow down his head while walking.”
Ibinida rin niya ang pagiging masipag na ama nito sa apat na anak na pare-parehong nag-aaral.
“He is a family man. He has 4 kids and he is proud to say that all of them goes to school.
“He works in the day and goes to school at night. When I say he works, he works real hard. He once worked as a maintenance in the pineapple fields of del monte. Imagine the scorching heat of the sun or the cold pour of the rain yet he still managed to go to school at night.
Pinasok din daw nito ang halos lahat ng klase ng trabaho para lang makasigurong may maipangtutustos sa pamilya.
“He also work as a carpenter, a farmer, a laborer – he can be anything as long as it allows him to earn money and provide for his family.
“He rented a piece of land and cultivated it all by himself in order to provide for his family. When I say all by himself, it means he’s alone in a hectare of land from 4 o’clock in the morning till 5 o’clock in the afternoon.”
Nang pumasok na ang pandemya, nag-alala raw ito na baka hindi na makapagpatuloy sa pag-aaral dahil na rin sa kawalan ng cellphone para sa online class at sa mahinang signal sa lugar nila.
“When the COVID -19 Pandemic hit us, he was worried if he will be able to sustain since wala syay facebook and wala syay android phone to go online. Their place has a very bad reception na dili gani nako sya ma contact usahay.
“I simply told him “mag enroll lagi ta ya. Gamay nalang kaayo. Mu graduate lagi ta”.
Ngunit sa tulong na rin ng mga kaklase ay nagawan ito ng paraan pati na rin ang pagsagot at pagpapasa nito ng modules.
“Through the collaborative efforts of our classmates, we were able to have him answer all his modules even if it means passing it beyond the deadline. I am so thankful to our instructors for accepting all his outputs.”
“Why am I sharing Kuya Jerome’s story?
“Simply because it is worth celebrating. He never gave up of his dream and worked hard to make it real.
“I am proud of him and I hope you are too.”
Sana raw ay maging paalala ang kuwentong ito ni Jerome na walang imposible basta may diskarte sa buhay at pananampalataya sa Panginoon.
“May Kuya Jerome be a constant reminder that if all of us will just work hard and be faithful to God, nothing is impossible.”
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