Quick story: Today was our last meeting (BRAIN TRAIN high school entrance tests review) in San Pablo City. Before our classes, Reg (my colleague/protege) and I went to the restroom. Reg was checking her reflection on the mirror, and so I also did (totoo! gumaya lang ako. Hindi na ako mahilig manalamin ngayon). The mirror was directly facing the window where the sun was facing. Meaning, I could see my reflection on the mirror so clearly.
Me: “Shucks Reg, kita na ang fine lines under my eyes. Haay!”
Reg: “Wala naman Ma’am.”
Me: “Ayan, o (while pointing the fine lines).”
Reg fell silent–meaning she saw them! So depress-depress-an naman ako…grabe nagsisimula na talaga ang signs of aging ko! It’s true that when you reach your late 20’s you see the early signs of aging (as I type this line, feeling ko ako ‘yung voice-over ng Olay Total Effects. Which I am using, pero parang walang nangyayari).
So just imagine my glee when, before I went into my last class, a student’s mom approached me.
Student’s Mother: Kayo po si Ma’am Dewmaine?
Student’s Mother: Ay ikukuwento ko lang po sa inyo, gandang-ganda po sa inyo ang anak ko! Lagi kang ikinukwento, wala nang bukambibig, ang ganda mo raw.
Me: Talaga po (in my mind: Sige pa Mommy, i-flatter mo pa ako…)
Student’s Mother: Oo. Tumaas nga ang grade niya sa English sa school eh, nag-improve ang performance gawa inspired sa ‘yo. Naku na-realize ko, may advantage pala talaga kung maganda ang teacher, mas naka-focus ang estudyante.
Me: (smiling lang…)
Student’s Mother: Ay ayun lang po Ma’am, gusto ko lang pong ikwento sa inyo na gandang-ganda sa inyo ang anak ko. Mami-miss nga raw niya ang review classes eh.
O ‘di ba? Kahit sa mga grade 6, may asim pa si Ma’am Dew. Parents, don’t worry, I have nary a tinge of becoming a Mary Kay Letourneau. I’m just happy that I’m still deemed as attractive, despite my love handles and crow’s feet 🙂
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