Last January 2018, I asked my little cousins what do they want comes Christmas 2018? And they told me, they want a bike. I made a deal with them. I will buy them a bike if and only if they will put a piggy bank which they will save a peso or more every weekday. They need to stash a portion of their school “baon” and put it into their piggy bank. The catch, however — is if they fail or skip their daily savings, my promise to buy them a bike will be null and void. Fair enough, right?
It is in these times that I look back into my childhood and be grateful enough for my mom for raising me in a way that I can’t have what I want, whenever I want it. I remember back when I was the same age as my little cousins, from the outside perception since I am an only child, people thought that I was given everything that I wanted, but NO… I wasn’t. I was raised with the idea that to get something, you need to work for it. At an early age, my mom introduced me to the concept of hard-earned money. As a single parent, she works her butt to just put food on our table, so I can go to school and be given the things that I NEED most and not the things that I WANT most.
Here’s to hoping that this little experiment would give these kids the single idea of how delayed gratification works. Did I end up buying them a bike? Nope, because they didn’t follow the rules we set. Better luck next time kids! But I took them out, we bond over lunch and ‘World of Fun’.