My siblings and I find joy even in simple things because growing up, we barely had anything…. Our dad taught us that buying high-end phones, cool gadgets, signature clothings and other desirable material things isn’t bad but it shouldn’t be our priority. Furthermore, meeting life’s basic needs should be our main concern. During our childhood years, we didn’t have PSP, IPAD, XBOX, IPHONE and anything like unto it. We lived simply yet happy!
Would you believe that I owned and played marbles and Teks cards as a kid? We also spent our leisure time by playing hopscotch (piko), Chinese garter, hand clapping games, hide and seek (taguan) and other traditional Filipino games. Oh yes, it wasn’t a problem if we would go home with sweaty clothes, dirty hands and feet and smelly head. Life then was uncomplicated but enjoyable!
When I went home last year, I could hardly see kids playing our favorite Filipino street games. In my observation, the new generation children get more excited if the recreational activity includes playing the latest PSP, Nintendo DS or other computer games. I won’t exclude our little rascal….
Nonetheless, even with the popularity of cyber games, Rowel and I will still encourage Sage to learn how to play the traditional Filipino street games because they are not only fun but also beneficial for the health and mind. Those type of games require physical ability and sometimes mental strength. We will really inculcate in Sage’s mind the importance of good traditions, like playing Filipino street games, even if it’s no longer popular in his generation.