Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Lolo is a Strict Disciplinarian

Mama said that Lolo Badoy is a very strict disciplinarian. One whistle and they should be in front of him in 5 counts. Failure to do so would mean lashes from his heavy leather belt. No one is allowed to leave the house past 6pm. No one is to stay at a neighbors’ house uninvited and beyond 6pm. No one is allowed to attend ‘bayle’ in the town or in the next town.

The exception is known only to those few who are wily enough. An uncle of mine, who once experienced the fiery fist of lolo, was one of those crafty kids. Since he knew it’s almost impossible to join his classmates in a town dance, he requested his pretty classmates to drop by their house, and to ask lolo’s permission.

True enough, the girls dropped by and did what was asked from them. They were giggling as they asked lolo for permission to take uncle with them. Aha! Lolo can’t refuse these young girls. He immediately summoned uncle who was trying to hide his amusement.

“Dress up and accompany these young girls to town. Hurry up!” he commanded, maintaining the same strictness in his voice.

When I lived with lolo when I was in grade 1, they said he already mellowed down. I got belted only once because I arrived late from school. Had I known of uncle's story earlier, I could have brought a pretty classmate with me to avoid the spanking.

13 comments:

zherwin said...

my lolo was an elementary school teacher and he was strict like a military man. hindi ko na sya inabutang buhay but i got to see the stick that he used to his students for them to behave. it was about a meter long, more like a meter long ballpen so imagine if you're hit by it, isang lumalagapak na aray! if he'd used that today, yari ang lolo ko sa depEd at sa human rights commission hehehe. :)

Joan said...

Reading this post made me nostalgic.. but the funny thing is, yung parents ko yung mabigat yung kamay while my grandparents soothed and treated me and my brother afterwards.

Nice blog Lazarus! You wanna swap links?

vernaloo said...

According to my father, my paternal grandfather is also very strict. Pero yung naabutan ko na na Lolo is very old na and mostly nakaupo na lang :) But everytime mag kuwento si papa about Lolo alam ko na disciplinarian din yun. Hindi daw puwedeng maglaro si papa hanggat di nya ma recite ng tama ang alphabet. Ay dami pang kuwento actually..eh-blog ko kaya? lolz

alvin said...

I miss my 87yo grandma so much. She just called me an hour ago asking when I can visit her in Canada? She's the sweetest! :-)

Raine said...

you're lucky to have bonded with your lolo like that,it's not only an opportunity to know him but also a bit of yourself better coz there's a part of you that came from him

snglguy said...

Discipline was the order of the day during our lolo's time, which sadly, is lacking these days among the youth. Oh well, that's progress for you...

Abaniko said...

Chicks pala weakness ng lolo mo ha? :)

lazarus said...

zherwin, form of discipline noon, child exploitation ngayon. tsk tsk tsk.

joan, at least there is balance of power sa inyo. Thanks for the visit. linked you up already.

verns, most grandpas are strict. Some are mabait if ang lola naman ang strict. But mostly, nag mellow down na sila basta sa apo.

lazarus said...

alvin, miss ko na rin si lola. she died a decade ago. Si lolo, di ko pa na visit since 4 yrs ago.

raine, siguro i got my dimples from my lolo. pero sa personality, magkaiba kami.

snglguy, parents nowadays are not that strict. They assume that teens are already responsible. They spare the rod.

Abaniko, chicks talaga weakness ni lolo. ha ha. di ako nakapamana nito.

Gypsy said...

Whatever the circumstances--where there's a will, there's a way. :)

niceheart said...

Your uncle was a very smart young man. :)

lady cess said...

iba nga nung panahon na yon ano, very strict ang parents yet their children, our parents' generation turned out fine (well at least most of them), hindi katulad ngayon na there are so many theories on parenting and at each stage of a child's life pa.

Lazarus said...

gypsy, if there's a will, there's a way nga. lulusot pa rin si uncle.

niceheart, you wouldn't like what uncle has become right now.

lady cess, parents sometimes argue on how to discipline the children. dami kasing parenting principles, tapos iba iba upbringing.