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Embracing the mishaps

Fruit of sweat and blood: Nida Sinaban toiled day and night just to send her only child, Francis, to school. Now, Francis is a Psychology graduate from University of La Sallete in Santiago City, Isabela. Facebook/Francis Sinaban p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 11.9px; font: 12.0px Arial} span.s1 {font-kerning: none}

A mother’s unconditional love serves as a bedrock for her child’s future.

Being a mother, as some people would say, is the noblest profession of all. You bear a child for nine months in your womb, endure the unbearable pain of giving birth, and surpass the relentless struggle of raising a successful kid for the rest of your life. 

There are different kinds of mothers: There are those who shed tears for babies they will never see, some run carpools, make cookies and sew Halloween costumes, some show up at work with milk stains in their dress and diapers in their handbags, while some give up everything just to see their children perform and shout to the world, “That’s my child!” 

Despite the differences, each mother has a compelling story to tell, just like a 59-year-old laundry woman from Santiago City, Isabela who defied all odds just to give the world to her only child.

Aling Nida Sinaban is mother to 25-year-old cum laude graduate Francis Tirso Sinaban and daughter to her 96-year-old bedridden mother, Engracia Olonan. Her husband, Francisco Sinaban, died of a stroke in 2004, two months before Francis finished  grade school. They lived in Pangasinan for several years and moved to Isabela to find their luck, but the world seemed to be against them. Instead of finding providence, they found mishap.

Everyday, Aling Nida would wake up ahead of everyone on their street and even beat the roosters’ crow to face another day of struggle to provide for the family.

In the morning, she prepared food for the whole day that included a unique diet for her incapacitated mother. 

After her morning errands, when her son had gone off to school, she would make sure to organize everything her mother would need in the afternoon. Aling Nida would then go out to collect leftover food from neighbors to feed to the pigs she raises.

The piggery had helped her raise extra money for their daily needs and for her son’s school fees. 

At night, she would prepare dinner for the family. This was Aling Nida’s routine.

On weekends, when her son didn’t have school, they would go from house to house where they would wash clothes. The chores allowed them to earn at least P120 per basket of clothes.

At night, her son would massage her back to ease her stress and join her in watching evening dramas on television. Nida and her son shared a bond – they were photo buddies because of their love of taking selfies. 

Thus would end another day even if their problems persisted.

Aling Nida never had the chance to finish school because her parents could not afford to send her even to a public school. They would rather use their money to buy food for a day. 

The journey that Aling Nida embarked on during those tough years of sending her only son to school and three years of taking care of a bedridden mother is far from easy. There were times she wanted to just throw in the towel and surrender, but she always kept in mind that all of her hard work would eventually pay off.

“Raising a child is not easy, but remember that as a mother, you should never get tired of working,” said Aling Nida.

Her only child, Francis, graduated college with flying colors. The man who, at age 12, washed  bottles to earn P2 for every 24 he cleaned, is now a cum laude Psychology graduate from the University of La Sallete in Santiago City.  Because of his persistence, finding a decent and well-paying job won’t be hard.

Aling Nida’s thirst for a good education encouraged her to embrace all the mishaps just to give her son the brightest future that he deserves. 

She made all the sacrifices that she can to raise a successful child because she knows well enough that one day, she will eventually leave, and the only legacy she can leave her son is a good education. Losing sleep at night just to change diapers and skipping a meal to save up for her child’s school expenses is nothing after seeing her son thrive. 

In just a few years, Aling Nida will reap what she sowed.

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