We often sought advice from our elders. It may not always be through a direct inquiry, however, our elders had other methods in order to impart their wisdom through rather creative ways. I remember countless “tales” my mother told me about her adventures (and misadventures) when she was growing up. I value these stories, and especially the lessons behind them. Some of them are actually worthy enough to write a novel about (perhaps I should do that one day?). My favourites were mostly about her adventures during the Marcos Regime. Most of her stories (and their lessons) have saved me from the numerous dangers and trials which I have encountered in my youth. Her famous mantra “accidents could be avoided” actually came useful on one or two occasions.
My late grandmother, on the other hand, rarely told stories about herself. Rather, she imparted her great wisdom through example. Whenever I spent time in their house as I was a child, I watched her attentively as she create exotic entrées of savory traditional filipino meals in their humble kitchen. She was always mindful to show me each step. However, she left it up to me to figure out the “tricks” and proper technique behind each step, like a Kung-fu Master imparting some ancient move through riddles and puzzles. Needless to say, I owe most of my skills in cooking (and her Muron Recipe) to my late grandmother’s patience.
The wisdom of our elders are treasures of immeasurable value. They are lessons passed down from one generation to the next. Afterall, our existence here on Earth is all about posterity. Sometimes, I wonder what wise words I would be able to give my future children. I could only hope that whatever wisdom I have collected during my humble existence would be of use to them.