March 17, 2020 at 11:55AM

“Another task I hated was washing clothes.

One time I had to go to the spring with a batya (a big tin basin) full of dirty clothes. When I arrived, there were a lot of young maidens who had already occupied most of the rocks where laundering can be done, and there was no way I could accomplish my chore. This worried me, because I had to go back to the house before noon as I still had to cook the noonday meal.

I then stood in the middle of the water and stripped naked. When the girls saw me, they screamed and ran away hurling invectives as they hid behind the bushes.

Their flight gave me a chance to choose the best place where I could do my job until I was finished.”

Jake read aloud from the memoirs of his great grandfather, my maternal Lolo Peping Sering, before I let him enjoy his gaming on his laptop. This was one of the things I requested him to do during the quarantine period.

Cebu Community Quarantine: Day 2 (03-17) #reminiscences_of_govjosesering 1st of a series of excerpts from the book “Reminiscences” via Tumblr


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