Walking is Good for the Heart

 “Maglalakad lang ba ulit tayo?” Tanong ko sa ‘yo nung pauwi na tayo galing class.

“Oo naman,” Naglalakad ka na bago ka magbigay ng sagot, kasunod ang walang kamatayan mong linya, “Walking is good for the heart.”

Nagreklamo ako, “Nakakatamad!” Pero sumunod din naman ako sa paglakad mo.

“Alam mo, mas masaya maglakad.”

“Sabi mo e.”

“Hindi nga!” Ang tawa mo, “Una–”

Unahan na kita, “Walking is good for the heart?”

“O, yon.”

“Ano pa?”

“Marami kang nakikita.”

“At walang nakikita sa jeep?”

“Meron. Pero mabilis! Maraming bagay na hindi mo mapapansin.”

“Halimbawa?”

“Halimbawa…” Tumingin ka sa paligid, sabay pulot ng isang tuyong dahon, “Dahon.”

Inabot mo sakin ang dahon, tinanggap ko at tinapat ko sa mga mata mo, “Dahon?”

“Dahon,” Tumango ka na parang napaka-obvious ng point mo, “Ang ganda diba?”

Tiningnan ko ang dahon, “Hinde.”

“Ang KJ nito. Maganda siya, in its own way.”

“ANG GANDAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!”

“Exag.”

“Ang ganda!”

“Ayaaaaaaaaan…”

“O, dahon. Maganda. Tapos?”

“Walang dahon sa jeep.”

“Meron!”

“Pupulot ka ba ng dahon sa jeep?”

“Hinde. Eh Ikaw lang naman ang kilala kong namumulot ng dahon e.”

“Kaya nga.”

“Ang labo mo.”

“Malalaman mo bang namumulot ako ng dahon kung hindi tayo naglakad?”

“Hinde.”

“Malalaman ko bang tumatanggap ka ng mga pinulot na dahon kung hindi tayo naglakad?”

“Hindi ren.”

“Malalaman mo bang tumatanggap ka ng mga pinulot na dahon kung hindi tayo naglakad?”

“Lalong hinde.”

“Kita mo na? Kaya mas masaya maglakad.”

“Para makapamulot ng dahon?”

“Oo,” Tumawa ka ng bahagya sabay ngiti sa’kin.

Bahay ko na, “Dito na ‘ko.”

“Next meeting ulit?”

“Mamumulot tayo ng dahon?”

“Hanggang sa makagawa tayo ng foliage.”

Pinanood kita maglakad palayo saka tiningnan ang dahon na hawak ko pa rin hanggang doon.

Walking is good for the heart.

(peyups.com)

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Next week British PM Tony Blair will step down from power and will be replace by Treasury Chief Gordon Brown. Blair has been my political idol for the past 10 years, and I really really appreciate his works for the last decade not only what he has done to Britain but for all of Europe and as well as its effect worldwide.  I was then a grade five student when he took office. He became the youngest person to be elected as PM, at least the youngest as I know. The same year, Princess Diana died in a car accident, a person whom my mom wept for a week. Princess D! is my mom’s ‘person to look at’. 

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