Thursday, November 10, 2011

Talking to Roses

         Back home, we believe that there are people not like us who exist but not seen, like elves, dwarfs, fairies, etc. We believe that we co-exist in taking care of nature.

         My mother-in-law,   love flowers. She enjoy taking care of  the plants in the yard at the house we live now.

        When we were having lunch, she told me what she was doing earlier.

Celsa B: " Esturyahon jud ang mga tanum." ( We should talk to the plant.)
Me:   " Manuman?" ( Why?)
Celsa B:  "Aron mamuwak ug daghan. Unya kung kanang mamunga, mamunga ug daghan    pod."
             (So that it will  have lots of flowers. And plants that bear fruits, will have lots of fruits.)
Me: " Tinu-od ba gud na?" (Is it true?)

I heard this before from the old folks in my family too, but I was just playing around.

Me:  "Gi-bisaya-an nimo ang mga tanum?!" ( Did you speak Visaya to the plants?!)
Celsa B: " O, gud, mano man di-ay?" (Yes, why?)
Me:   "Halaka, dapat Eninglis unta, kay dili na sila makasabot  ug Bisaya kay America na man ni."    (ggiggle)
         ( Oh, my gosh!, you suppose to speak English. This is America, they don't understand Visaya.)

We laughed hard............
Days later, we were visiting some relatives . Ceda B was telling about the roses at our garden and I overheard
her say........

Celsa B:  "GO AWAY, GO AWAY!!!!!"
Me:  " Unsay ; GO AWAY!" (What do you mean by  GO AWAY!)
Celsa B:   " Sa Bisaya, TABI, TABI" (Excuse me!May I go through!).
               "Kahinudom ko sa imong gi-ingon nga English ang masabtan nila dinhi.( laugh)."
                (I remember you said they understand English only.)
Me:  "Unya murag nasuko diay pagsulti  sa GO AWAY?"
         ( When you say GO AWAY should you sound like your mad?)
Celsa B:  "Murag nasuko jud aron muto-o." (Sound like your mad so that they will believe you.)

More laughs!!!!!!
In the Philippines, we say TABI (meaning: excuse me or give way, we are passing through) to the people not like us so as not to step on them  and hurt them. We believe that if we hurt them, they will hurt us back in a way that is not healed by any medicine.

 We did not put rose food to these roses. Look at these roses......What do you think? ......talking in English to roses works !

1 comment:

  1. hahahah...but i guess it's true. and maybe there is no language barrier when it comes to nature long as you talk to them, i think they know what you meant...hehehhehehe