“La Tatay, La Nanay”
By: Ms. Lorelei DT. Salvedia
Grade School Guidance Counselor
Once when my husband and I got home from work, our companion
in the house shared to us a line uttered by our two-year old son who at that time was not feeling well. His words were “La Tatay, La Nanay, sakit tyan
Jeuz.” According to her, Jeuz said this repeatedly to all the people in
the house who expressed amusement at the thought that he was overacting. When
he spoke the same to us, Lito and I laughed too as we regarded this incident as one funny account in his early childhood.
After a while I realized that the words
have touched me profoundly as a mother. The truth is we never leave him; we only
depart from him in times of work, yet he perceived us absent just for a time that he was experiencing stomach pain and we
were out of touch.
As a counselor, I recalled the sharing
and sentiments of the children of OFWs in some of the counseling sessions I had.
It pains to hear boys and girls expressing sadness about daddy and/or mommy away from home. It hurts to see children trying to cope with various life situations by themselves. It upsets to know that life is too difficult and parents have to work abroad for family survival.
Indeed, there are a lot of interventions
that can be made to help these children get to the bottom of the issue. The LCCM Guidance and Counseling
Center for one has proposed a one-day series of interactive sessions
with the BED Children of OFWs in November 2006. This event will surely be a get-together of people who ride in the same boat
but sail in different directions.