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This is not the first time that parents have killed their children out of poverty. Several years ago a man poisoned his children and his wife, then tried to kill himself as well, but survived. There have been stories of mothers who kill their children, or fathers who go crazy and turn on their families. Poverty kills, in more ways than one. This is why it’s a sin to flaunt one’s wealth at a time when people are dying of hunger. This is why it’s a crime to steal from public coffers when people are dying of poverty.
I saw her shivering in the rain, crouched under her umbrella. I have stopped smoking but I bought all the Philip Morris cigarettes she had, hoping that would comfort her and make the time she spent in the rain worthwhile.
My clothes are wet, she said, and she couldn’t change because the one supposed to mind the goods she was selling had run away. Seemed like a bad day for her, but she smiled as she told me how bad it was, and let me take her picture. I paid P16 for the cigarettes, which now seems cheap compared to what she told me: that no matter how bad a day may be, it’s still our choice whether or not to smile.