A lot of parents push their children to do their best in their studies, to the point of actually pressuring the kids to be on the honor list. Those who make it to the Honor Roll receive great rewards from these parents, but those who fail could face dire ‘consequences’.
Many parents have come to expect that their children will graduate with honors, with some even angrily blaming the teachers if their kids fail to make it to the list.
Recently, Ogie Diaz shared an encounter she had with a grandma at his daughter’s school.
Grandma: “May anak ka din ba dito, Ogie?”
Ogie: “Opo, mami.”
Grandma: “With honors?”
Ogie: “Wala po, mami.”
Grandma: “Ah, ako yung apo ko, marami.”
Ogie: “Congrats po, mami!”
Grandma: “Okay lang naman sa yo kung walang nakuhang honors?”
Ogie: “Okay lang naman po. Basta naka-graduate. Ako din po, walang nakuhang honors nung nag-aaral ako, mami. At high school lang po ang natapos ko.”
The post touched a lot of people, especially because Ogie also shared the conversation he had with his daughter. Indeed, the said young lady had cried before the Moving Up day because she didn’t have honors, but Ogie assured her that this was alright.
Ogie later shared on Facebook:
Sino bang magulang ang ayaw na may medal, may awards, may honors ang anak?
Umiyak pa ang anak ko bago ang Moving Up Day, dahil wala daw siyang nakuha kahit na ano.
“Okay lang yan, nak. Basta hindi ka kulelat at alam mong ginawa mo naman ang best mo.”
Pero lagi kong sinasabi sa mga anak ko, di baleng walang awards or honors, basta hindi babagsak, at hindi sakit ng ulo ng lipunan, mabuti kang tao, happy na kami ng mama nila.
Ang tunay na laban ng buhay ay nasa labas ng eskwela. Importante ang abilidad at diskarte na wala sa curriculum, kundi nasa yo, nasa impluwensiya ng mga tamang tao sa paligid mo.
Isn’t that sweet? This kind dad even told his daughter that he would support her decision if she chooses to only study up to senior high school. He wants his daughter to be happy with her life, saying she could even choose to take five crash courses to see which career she really want to have in life – and he would support her all the way!
“Sabihin mo nga lang sa akin na tatapusin mo lang ang senior high school at ayaw mo nang mag-college, okay lang sa akin.
Basta sa isang kundisyon—kukuha ka ng at least, 5 crash courses one at a time, dahil baka isa dun, matumbok mong gusto mo pala at yun ang itutuloy-tuloy mong ima-master. Dahil gusto ko, gawin mo kung saan ka masaya and at the same time, nata-translate mo yung happiness mo into income.”
What a supportive dad! Wouldn’t it be nice if all parents were like Ogie?
Source: Ogie Diaz / Facebook