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Hard Work

Before the sun rises, before the first rooster crows early in the morning, this man sets out to work.

While other parents and children are still cuddled in bed, comforted by a thick blanket on a cold morning, he and his son are already out in the river. On a bamboo raft, they transport loads of eggplants from a vegetable plantation upstream.


After almost an hour journey down the river, he unloads the eggplants from the bamboo raft, then he brings some loads down a steep hill where clients already wait. Since he could not carry all the loads of eggplants, his 4-year-old son stays behind and “guards” the eggplants until his father is back and ready to bring them downhill. This has become their routine almost every day.

The man does not own the vegetables. He is just a “transporter.” He is paid a measly amount for his services. Yet, there was something in his attitude that inspired me when I met him one Sunday morning. He was sporting a sunny disposition. He was smiling. He seemed happy. And content.

God sends us angels in the men and women we meet along the way. On that Sunday morning, God sent this man to remind me that hard work brings us to the ground and makes us appreciate the simpler things in life.

Posted 6 years, 11 months ago at 4:41 pm.

34 comments

34 Replies

  1. Amen Miss N. Sana nga di masyado ma reklamo sa buhay ang mga tao kung makikita lang kung paano pinapasan ng mga ibang tao ang pagsubok ng buhay.

  2. nortehanon Aug 5th 2010

    Salamat, Lolo Jem. Minsan po kasi, we think we have too much to bear when in fact other people have much, much more burdens. Ang mahalaga subukin natin to go through each day being grateful.

  3. Amen din po ako dito Ms. N atsaka dun sa Pedicab.
    Our labors are not in vain. Lalo na sa mga taong katulad nila. Angels indeed!

  4. nortehanon Aug 5th 2010

    Hi Pong!
    Salamat. Angels nga ๐Ÿ˜‰ At sa araw-araw ay marami tayong nakakasalamuha sa kanila.

  5. you tell it so well,N.

    ang sarap abangan nung sini share mong kwento dahil it makes people appreciate what they have from seeing the things from anothers point of view.

    ang daming katulad nung mag tatay.sa simpleng buhay,nakukuha nila ang kahulugan ng bawat araw.nakalulungkot na minsan,yung mga taong may higit pa sa knila,yun pa nga ang hindi kuntento at laging naghahanap.

    sana,hindi ka mag sawang magbahagi ng mga pictures at kwentong nakapag papamulat.

    inspiring at laging light hearted!

  6. nortehanon Aug 5th 2010

    Salamat, Duking. Kung minsan kasi sa buhay natin, we want more of this and more of that ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Natutuwa ako at kahit paano ay may mga blogger na tulad mong naa-appreciate ang mga kwento at karanasan ko. Salamat uli.
    Nakita ko pala ang larawan ng EB ninyo nina Ms. KeeKaye at ng iba pang mga blogger. Nakatutuwang maraming nabubuong mga samahan at pagkakaibigan dahil sa blogging. I wish you all well.

  7. may mga taong halos nasa kanila ng lahat pero hindi masaya, hindi kasi nila naaappreciate ang mga biyaya sa kanila.

  8. nortehanon Aug 5th 2010

    At iyan ay dahil nakikita lamang nila nila ang kanilang mga pangangailangan at kung hindi ang kung anong meron na sila. Salamat, Joyo!

  9. yes ate… sounds like an angel to me. and i do believe we meet them everyday! ๐Ÿ™‚ this is an inspiring post… =)

  10. nortehanon Aug 5th 2010

    Thanks, Little Sis!

  11. Your story reminds me of my maternal lola who was a farmer (vegetables). Although her load was transported to the city by tricycle, it was a joy to see her colorful harvest. And that’s how I met my ninang sa confirmation, her buyer.

    I greatly honor the hard work and labor. I hope your story inspires others.

    I love the monochromatic colors of your photos, very dramatic.

  12. nortehanon Aug 5th 2010

    Wow! Talaga, Mommy Ebie? Nakakatuwa naman po. Ako yan ang isang pangarap kong gawin sa buhayโ€”vegetable garden. Kahit na for personal consumption lang po.
    Maraming salamat sa compliments, Mommy Ebie. Kapag galing sa isang photographer na tulad mo, lalo pang nakakataba ng puso.

  13. Well thought out…this brings good inspiraton to among us…we should learn to appreciate life’s blessings…

    God bless!

  14. nortehanon Aug 5th 2010

    Maraming salamat, Jag. Tama ka, we should learn to appreciate the things that we have in life.

  15. Ms. N: *whispers* his name is Lander! haha. ๐Ÿ™‚ i didnt get any message from your number.. what’s your new number? ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. nortehanon Aug 5th 2010

    So, that’s who he is! And if he’s making my dear Little Sis happy, I thank him ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. awwww…. as expected, this one is a very very inspiring post. ๐Ÿ™‚

    and i love the pictures. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. nortehanon Aug 5th 2010

    Salamat, AC! At dumating na po ang kahon mo! I knew it was coming but it still came as a surprise ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. lovely photos and post, thanks for dropping by my page.

  20. nortehanon Aug 5th 2010

    Thanks, Dave. Thank you also for visiting back.

  21. Kung mababasa lang sana ito ng mga taong madalas magreklamo!…

    Invite po pala kita sa PEBA, http://www.pinoyblogawards.com/ ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. nortehanon Aug 5th 2010

    Salamat po sa invite! I’ve already went through the site and read all the entries pati na yung sa Kablogs Journal. I didn’t know na-mention ako ni Deth and this morning I had a good cry because of it ๐Ÿ˜€
    I have always wanted to write a piece about someone I know who worked abroad. But I’ll be writing it not as a contest piece but as an eye opener.

  23. I hope and pray that every hardworking Filipino will get his share of “kaginhawaan” he rightly deserves. I am extending my heartful respect and admiration to those who are working hard not only for their families but also for those who seeks to uplift the lives of others as well. Mabuhay ka Pinoy!

  24. nortehanon Aug 5th 2010

    Hi Saggi!
    Great to see you here again. Kumusta? Marami bang shooting ang mga artista ๐Ÿ™‚
    I agree with you. Sana ay nararamdaman ng maraming Filipino ang bunga ng kanilang paghihirap. Hindi yung at the end of the day, pagod na nga tayo, hindi pa nating maramdaman ang ginhawa. It’s a sad reality. But Filipinos are great-spirited. Patuloy tayong lumalaban sa buhay. Kaya, yes, mabuhay tayo!

  25. Wow! My son complains when he has to take out the trash…

  26. nortehanon Aug 5th 2010

    Hi Angie! Welcome to my blog. Thank you for dropping in.
    Unfortunately, many Filipinos are still in this sad reality.

  27. Another heartwarming post! Keep it up Miss N.:)

  28. nortehanon Aug 5th 2010

    Salamat, Ana! Ako’y natutuwa at nakapag-warm ito ng puso mo ๐Ÿ˜‰

  29. kapatid, ang galing naman ng shots mo. parang gusto ko narin karirin ang photography.hehe

  30. kakaiba talaga ang dedikasyon ng bawat pinoy para mabuhay, at ang masaya pa jan, nakukuha parin nilang ngumiti. naku kung ibang lahi yan. nag-suicide na.haha. pero iba tayo eh. pinoy tayo. habang nahihirapan lalong sumisidhi ang kagustuhan para mangarap at mabuhay.

  31. nortehanon Aug 5th 2010

    Natumbok mo, Kapatid. I very much agree with you. Tayo kasi, habang buhay pa, patuloy pa rin tayong lumalaban.

  32. nortehanon Aug 5th 2010

    Salamat, Kapatid. Sana nga ay mapag-aralan kong kumuha ng tama. Sa ngayon kasi, hindi ko pa matutukan ang mag-aral mabuti kung paano kumuha ng litrato nang maayos. Clik lang ng clik ang alam kong gawin sa ngayon. Gusto ko sana ma-enrich ang experience ko. Sige, bili na ng camera! Go! Now na! hehehe. I’m sure magaganda ang magiging kuha mo.

  33. this was a nice post. it remind us that we are really bless on our job. And most specially it open our eyes that we need something to do in order to help others to become successful.

  34. nortehanon Aug 5th 2010

    this was a nice post. it remind us that we are really bless on our job. And most specially it open our eyes that we need something to do in order to help others to become successful.
    Welcome to my blog, cuteberl. Cute ka nga ba? ๐Ÿ™‚ Just kidding. Salamat sa paglalaan mo ng panahon para mag-iwan ng komento. Tama ka, tayong may mga trabahong hindi naman kasingbigat ng trabaho ng mamang nasa larawan ay dapat magpasalamat.


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