Guava Fruits Up the Hill

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Foreword

FOREWORD: This is a true account of my youngest child and son Adam and his bosom friends and classmates Reggie and Ronnie while they were in Grade One in the Wright Primary School then and now Wright 2 Central Elementary School some 37 years ago. Adam has graduated the degree BSC, major in Business Management, Reggie finished high school while Ronnie is a college dropout. Now the three are happily married and are raising their respective kids.

Adam, Reggie and Ronnie discovered the guavas up the hill

ALMOST left untouched for a year, the grove of guavas up the hill overlooking the schoolbuilding were heavily laden with big, yellow and sweet fruit. Only the chirping of birds as they hop, pick and eat the ripe guavas could be heard.

Climbing up the hill for fun and to catch insects, Adam. Reggie and Ronnie discovered the place. They jumped up and down with glee. They shouted: "Big and ripe guavas! Big and ripe guavas!" The guava trees seemed to beckon them. "Come eat fruits as much as you can!" Indeed the guava fruits really smell and tasted sweet.

The boys did eat one ripe guava after another. They ate as fast as they could. They even forgot to chew the food well. They could feel their stomach heavy. But still they kept on eating.

At recess time

The boys did eat one ripe guava after another. They ate as fast as they could. They even forgot to chew the food well. They could feel their stomach heavy. But still they kept on eating.

As it was recess time, the bell rang for classes to resume. The boys tried to run down the hill but they couldn't. They felt weak and tumble down, down, down the hill. They had sores and bruises all over their bodies.

Other schoolchildren discovered the guavas

n time other schoolchildren discovered the guava fruits atop the hill. So every recess period, they rushed up the hill in groups to pick and eat guava fruits.

Soon there were few guava fruits left. Adam, Reggie and Ronnie felt bad seeing the guava fruits getting lesser and lesser. So they stayed longer up the hill, climbing and poking at every branches and twigs of every guava tree for the delicious fruits.

The 3 classmates learn to cut classes

The three classmates enjoyed so much staying up the hill even when there were no more guava fruits to eat. They played and played with the insects. They played with the cicadas, grasshoppers, dragonflies, butterflies and spiders. They don't mind the ants even if bitten by them.

Oftentimes, they don't go back to class after recess. Adam, Reggie and Ronnie were cutting class. Their misdeeds were reported to their parents for corrections.

Adam's mother did something to correct the children's misbehavior

Tita, Adam's Nanay (mother) who was assigned substitute teacher in the same school where Adam was, promptly paid Mrs. Paciencia Jabon's Grade One Class a visit. Mrs. Jabon was Adam and his friends teacher. Tita and Mrs. Jabon talked about Adam and his friends misbehavior.

In a Grade I paper, Tita let Adam signed his complete name in all spaces and sides of the paper.

Then, showing the signed piece of paper to the class, Tita announced: "This piece of paper is an evidence of Adam's promise not to climb up the hill anymore. If he'll climb up again, a police will come to bring him to jail."

Tita posted the paper in a corner of the classroom for Adam's classmates to see.

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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Boys will be boys! I'm curious what does Adam say after all these years? And does he still enjoy guavas?


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nick071438 5 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines Author

Thanks for your feedback, Truckstop ... As his dad. I can say with all candor and honesty that Adam now at age 41 by Sept. 7 had grown to be a responsible husband to his wife and father to his 3 kids. God's willing their livelihood is quite okay with his wife with a green thumb in business at the helm. They are currently housed in their 2-story, 4-bedroom home and can meet local standard of 3-square meals a day. Guavas, especially yellow and ripe ones sliced and cooked with sugar and coconut juice is a favorite family recipe.


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

This is a great hub. It reminds me of my childhood in the Philippines. Although I was not cutting classes, I picked up guavas and other fruits in going home that I sometimes forgot the time and my parents where already looking for me because it was getting dark and I was not yet home. Guavas are very delicious and I have not eaten them for years. Reading your hub makes me hungry of guavas. Thank you for sharing.


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nick071438 5 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines Author

I understand, Thelma, your longings for guavas because you're also like us a Filipino. you have them in Germany's supermart, isn't it? My heartfelt gratitude for your visit and leaving a nice compliment.

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