there they were again standing and waiting on the side walk. bearing the harsh and scorching summer heat. the woman was already wearing a different floral blouse from the one she wore yesterday. but the aging stretch and faded spots could not hide the fact that she have already outgrown it.
tagging along with her was the same girl. she still have the same tired eyes and thin lips that seemed not to know what a smile is.
yesterday, i was on my way to the train station when the two popped up from nowhere. they immediately gave me that look and asked for help.
the old woman was asking for spare cash. they claimed that they don't have any money left to go back home. seriously, suspicions was the only thing that didn't came up on my mind. but aside from the fact that i don't usually give alms, i don't really have any coins to spare. so i told them, sorry and proceeded to my destination.
i was already inside the train but the image of the two still haunted me. i was thinking how could they possibly go back home? would they dare walk under this heat? in a way, i felt guilt eating me. i should have atleast gave them the money left me inside my wallet and skip lunch. but i just didn't. was i apathetic and selfish?
the image still remained until i reached office. but while as i walking along the street were my building is located, i saw another woman with a kid. it seemed like they were walking towards me. the chill inside overcame the heat of the day. i was literally telling myself, "please, they're not going to do it. they're not going to do it."
then they stopped infront, opened their palm and gave me a familiar line: please help us we ran out of money to go back home.
i was surprisingly disgusted for coincidence is out of the question. if there is one thing that really pisses me off, that is using children on these. people should start to understand that innocence should not be corrupted. we owe this to the kids. people should start working their asses out and stop using minors on such scheme.
poverty is the queen of overratedness, next to love and sex.
i took something out of my bag and hand a cookie to the child and then walk away from them. then i thought, atleast a cookie will save the humanity from the remaining of innocence of that kid.