Dad called me one night, said he’d like to come over to my house. So I thought it was one of his usual home visits. He does that from time to time. To check on us and then spend some time with his grandson. Half hour later, Dad was at my doorstep. I opened the door to let him in and I paid my respects. Soon after, Nicho came out to greet his grandfather with a big hug and walked him towards the living room.
I told Dad to have a seat and asked him if he’d like something to eat. At that time I had some left over Picadillo, but he declined; saying he’s still full. He asked that I turn on the TV, so he can watch reruns on TFC; and I did. Pinoy flicks keeps my Dad entertained and he just loves watching Wowowee!
I was in the dining room putting stuff inside the Balikbayan boxes, when Dad turned off the TV and walked my way.
“Anong ginagawa mo, Anak” Dad asked.
“Nililigpit ko lang po eto at nilalagyan ng pangalan yong mga T-shirts na ipapadala sa Manila.” I said.
“Gumastos ka naman, Anak. Kaya ka nagigipit minsan eh!” He said as he was looking at the stuff I’m putting in the box. I didn’t answer back, I was just quiet. I know for a fact I didn’t tell him anything. I have never ever mentioned financial matters with my old man, so I had the biggest question mark on my head when he mentioned money issues. But then again, maybe he’s talking to me in general.
“Nakausap ko nong isang linggo ang tatay ni Cecile, yong kaibigan mo. Nabanggit nya sa akin na baka may problema ka raw sa pera.” He said after.
Patay ka sa akin, Cee Cee! Now, I know how Dad found out about this. Tama bang gawing kwento ng bayan ang problema ko? Yup, it was only Cee Cee and Ken who knows about my current financial issues. No one else in the family knows. And I can’t help but share things with them sometimes, since they’re my friends. To be very honest, it’s not exactly a dilemna. More like a family matter that I didn’t want any members of the family to know.
You see, my cousin borrowed some money from me not too long ago. He said he was running short in cash to pay his rent and needed the money badly so he won’t get evicted. He even promised to pay me back in less than a month. And since he’s blood and all, I trusted his word and gave him a check to help pay his rent. This was no extra cash or money for some shopping spree. I took that money out of my home equity account, and I’ve been paying interest on it for the last three months. Not exactly a huge financial burden, but that’s still money less from from my hard earned salary; to pay for something I didn’t even spent.
So, I told my Dad the whole story and he got real mad. He took his cellphone out and dialed a number. He’s now calling my aunt and then told her about her son’s swindling scheme. At that very moment, I frozed and could not speak. I can’t beleive Dad is doing this to me. The very least I want right now are issues within the family, and Dad did me that favor. Gee, thanks Dad!
“Magkano ba ang amount na hiniram sayo ng pinsan mo?” He asked me while on the phone.
“$…. po!” I said in reply. He relayed the amount to my aunt and then turned his phone off.
My, my, this is a disaster! Dad gave me the whole sermon about managing my accounts and lending money to people. I was pinned down on my sit and endured an hour of lecture. I know he means well, and that giving me this whole speech was more of out of concern than just plain bitching. But then again, when it comes to my old man; I’d like to keep some things private — specially matters pertaining to my heedlessness.
Two hours after, my aunt and uncle came to my house holding an envelope. They handed it to me and apologized for my cousins misdeeds. They paid me in full and asked that I also give them the amount I paid in interests. Said that they’ll write me a check for that as well. Talk about quick results. I never expected for this to happen, but I’m (sort of) glad it did. For all it’s worth, it was a blessing in disguise. It solved my problem instantly!
It seems like I never ran out of mishaps in life. But there’s valuable lessons learned from this experience. First, Dad knows better. Second, beat up Cee Cee for opening her big mouth (just kidding). And third, be careful who to trust.