Y-Speak: With great independence comes with great responsibility

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By Camille E. Arro


Saturday, May 17, 2014

WHAT is it like to live without our parents? I got to say it is pretty quiet, and the house needs a little bit more of housekeeping, some cleaning to do.

May 15, 2014 my parents decided to reside in our province, Kidapawan City. Leaving me and my two sisters in the City of Davao. We are in the age of Independence, we can manage to live in a city like Davao, but managing the house as well is proving to be difficult.

I have my ongoing Internship, my older sister is working while my little sister has her summer job. All I can say is that the house is still looking good for now since it’s only been days since my parents left for the province, but what will happen tomorrow or in the coming weeks? What more will happen once we are back to school, there would be more less time to take care of the house and our pets.

I have just realized keeping a house in the busy city like Davao is no joke. You have to keep up and beat the time to finish one’s job. There is always too many things to do every day that such laundry, vacuum, and all other housekeeping jobs is last on our list.

The worst scenario of living far away from our parents would be waking up with no breakfast ready on the table. Since I’m always in a hurry in the morning, I only get to eat a bar of Hershey’s chocolate with three spoonful of rice. I don’t have to worry about my lunch since I’m out of the house most of the time during lunch hours so I just buy food on fast foods. For dinner, I come home past sunset with not much time to prepare for dinner and so my younger sister and I just try to cook whatever is available in our pantry. We do know how to cook, but it is definitely different cooking without our mom by our side, teaching us what the next steps on every recipe are.

It has been just a few days living far from them and I honestly say that I miss them. Though it is cliché, but the saying that goes, “you’ll only realize one’s value when it is gone”, is actually true. Living far from our parents in our age is not easy, when I thought it would be. It is the opposite of what I have always thought, yes, we are given more independence in our hands yet it came along with greater responsibilities.

We got to do things on our own from now on, from keeping our own rooms clean, keeping our whole house as is right before our parents left to keeping our pets happy and contented. We have to learn how to manage our time to keep up with everything that is going on in our lives.

Yes, I have wished for this day to come, but since I never thought it would be this hard. After I send this essay, I’ll be doing my laundry right away and do some more of the cleaning in the house. I have not taken breakfast too, so I better leave this seat now before time kills me.


Camille is a student of the University of the Immaculate Conception.

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