I never had fancy toys. Me and my friends make do with making scraps seem like they're state-of-the-line collectors items - rubber bands, candy wrappers, bottle caps.. even pebbles and clay from the ground, all in one way or another have been our legos, RC cars and action figures. Yeah there were times we get actual toys, like Christmas, when we can maybe get gifts of a plastic ball, a wooden car or imitation figures that are wonderful as they somewhat resemble the real thing. But still, we like those stuff that the old folks just call garbage.
We were out early in the morning and still up and about til early hours of the evening. Our mothers would sometimes literally have to drag us home or scream our names out, so loud that we can hear them even when we're streets away. Almost always we come home looking unrecognizable. The table rags even look cleaner.
The world is our playground. We climb trees and fall. We dig soil and get bitten by bugs. We play hide and seek and get chased by that old woman when we enter her spooky backyard. We were on the streets, in alleys, in the zigzags and niches of the slums we live in.
We don't need any money. We improvise. We use broken pots as chalks, wooden sticks as baseball bats, and grind gumamela petals to make liquid bubbles.. Our imagination was always ignited. We play soldiers in the nooks of the neighborhood, sports teams, and even explorers as we wander in the streets sometimes even getting lost.
And at the end of the day.. when we all part ways.. I go to my special place.. our rooftop. I just look up and I behold at the open sky. Sometimes birds are flying about, sometimes a plane passes by, and I see the sun setting, the moon rising, and then the stars. It gave me the best feeling of all.. happiness and peace, even if it were just moments at a time, I have stored it in me and I have carried it ever since.
And now whenever I need it, i just go back to that special place in my heart, I just remember how it feels to be simple and content, and appreciate all that has been and all that I have.. and things always turn out okay..