Innocent Sheila

One of my Grade V students named Sheila Tanggaro approached me yesterday afternoon while I was applying a red lipstick on my lips.

She said, “Ma’am, di ko mueskwela ugma.” (“Ma’am, I will not go to school tomorrow.”)

“Y man?” I asked. (Why?)

“Wala na man gud mi’y bugas (We don’t have rice anymore.),” she answered directly and went away.

I was not able to utter a word.

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