Earlier today, my mom asked me to buy lunch at the nearby carenderia as we ran out of gas. Just 15 to 20 paces from our gate, I saw these kids:
They were selling hot cakes and sago.
I can’t help but smile. That simple scene reminded me of my childhood. When I was way younger young, I once occupied a small part in our street selling food. Just like those kids, I started my summer selling food.
My late father used to give me P50 as my start up capital. That amount of money was a bit too big for a 7-year old during my time. Or just in our community, I suppose. Mommy would normally wake up before daybreak to buy the stuff that I would sell for the day. And as soon as she returns back home, she and I would set up a small table just outside our house that served as my little store.
My P50 capital would let me start my small business selling these things:
At the end of the day, Tatay would normally ask how my small business went. And I would always tell him that I wasn’t able to recoup my capital. When asked why, I would always say, “Tay, kinain ko po kasi yung mangga. Wala po kasing bumibili at malapit na pong masira.” Tatay would always get puzzled and end up giving me money again so I could buy stuff for my business the next day. Hmmm… am a bad business woman back then, I guess. LOL.
But as a young entrepreneur, I wasn’t satisfied eating selling food. I thought of maximizing my time and money so I explored on something else. A small portion of my capital was alloted to comic books. They were priced around P1.50 to P2.00 a piece back then. I hung them in an improvised sampayan and put my self-made signage that said “Komiks for Rent”. My same-day rentals were priced at 3 comic books for 1 peso while overnight rentals were at 50 cents a piece. And I asked for additional 25 cents/day as overdue fee. I was a strict comics rental girl. LOL. Of course, they weren’t DC and Marvel comics. I was a very poor kid so my money slash capital only allowed me to buy these:
While eating mangoes attending to my so-called store, I would also read those komiks just to pass time. Talk about multi-tasking, eh?! But there’s one comic book that I liked reading a lot. It was no other than Funny Comics.
Pinoy kids of my generation would probably know about this or have once read this thing. I was allowed to read Funny Comics then because of the idiomatic expressions listed at the last leaf of the comic book. Tatay wanted me to read those to enrich my vocabulary. But I always end up not reading that page. LOL. I got hooked buying it on a weekly basis. If memory serves me right, Funny Comics were released every Friday. And my weekends were spent reading every single page of that comic book. My fave were Planet of the Eyps (Matsustu rocked!!!), Lilit Bulilit and Niknok.
Well, that short glimpse of the young entrepreneurs outside our house took me down nostaligia lane. It reminded me how my summers were spent as a child. Those sweet times when there was nothing to think about but to enjoy the warm summer months out in the streets… and be just a simple kid.