By Jessica Pag-iwayan
When kids or toddlers were asked what and where they want to eat, the most common requests are any of the top fast food chains in the country.
These children are fortunate to have families or loved one who can treat them, because this is not the case for all. To set foot and to eat there, for some, is already considered a luxury or even a dream too far to reach.
This is the case for Jayson D. Maghirang, a grade one pupil from DepEd Sariaya East District in Quezon Province. In a viral Facebook post of her teacher with the name Venus Sulit, she revealed that the kid was hailed as the champion of recently held Mathrathon competition in East Sariaya. As a treat, he brought her student to Jollibee. To her surprise, Jayson told her that this was his first time to eat in the said restaurant.
“Ma’am, ipagjo-Jollibee nyo po ako? Parang sobra naman po yata ‘yon, ehh nanalo lang naman po ako ehh (Ma’am, you’ll really treat me to Jollibee? Isn’t too much? I just won in a competition),” Jayson says with his innocent face. “Di pa po kasi ako nakakapasok ng Jollibee mula nung ipinanganak ako, nahihiya po ako. (I haven’t been inside a Jollibee store since I was born that’s why I feel ashamed.)”
This moved Venus’ heart. “And my tears start falling down,” she says. “I cannot imagine that I am only talking to a grade one student. At this age, he should be enjoying and having fun, but when he talks, it seems like he’s already an adult because of what he’d been through in life.”
“I’m still young to be a mother but he gave me an opportunity to be one, and it feels great,” Venus continues. “Every time I see his genuine smile, it gives me hope that one day, he will be successful in life.”
She also shared one incident where he caught Jayson watching a television show in their school canteen during class hours. He immediately apologized. “Ma’am, sorry po! Di ko na po namalayan na nanunuod na po ako ehh, wala po kasi kaming TV at wala rin po kasi kaming kuryente sa bahay (I’m sorry, Ma’am. I didn’t notice that I’m already watching TV. We don’t have one at home at we also don’t have electricity in our house.)”
According to Venus, Jayson’s life story is so inspiring that it would make one grateful for all the blessings they have. “I might not be able to share his story, but I could tell that the life of this child will inspire you to become strong in facing life’s difficulties, with a grateful heart and genuine smile.”
She then congratulated Jason. “Congratulations! I am your top fan. God bless you.”