Back in grade school, our class sections were named after Christian values. I guess none of those virtues – (I) Friendliness, (II) Generosity, (III) Graciousness, (IV) Confidence, (V) Industry, and (VI) Responsibility – ever rubbed off on me the way it was meant to. At least it wasn’t III-Obedience.
I’m not the most obedient son in the world; I managed to disobey every earnest warning of my parents against drinking and smoking. “Bawas-bawasan mo yang inom mo,” and off I go drinking. “Tama na yang sigarilyo mo,” and I light up another stick. Yet one admonition I happened to obey was, “Anak, iwas ka sa disco.”
Thank heavens I heeded that advice.