A Mother’s Honorable Dream

HAMTIC, Antique — “Children are a heritage of the Lord, and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” (Psalm 127:3)

Nestled in the mountains of Antique is an old nipa hut. Shadowed with a canopy of trees, this simple hut is a haven for two people who share a very special bond—mother and daughter Josephine Lagunday, 41, and Julienne, 11.

Unlike most mothers, Josephine had never experienced the excitement of bringing her daughter to school or fetching her after class. She was born with congenital deformities, making it difficult for her to walk because of her weak legs. Yet she and her daughter are blessed to be surrounded with generous relatives and neighbors who help provide for their basic needs.

The single mom takes pride on her only daughter. Despite her physical limitations and that she never went to school, Josephine learns a lot from Julienne, who shares to her mother what she studies. In fact, Julienne is a consistent honor student, and she will be in Grade 5 this June.

Josephine is hoping that by the time her Julienne graduates, she will be there to watch her march and be the one to pin the awards and put on the medals on her daughter—as what should be.

On a fine May morning, Josephine’s honorable dream came true when a team from Operation Blessing visited her home. She received good news that she will soon be sitting on her very own wheelchair from Free Wheelchair Mission.

Excitement flooded Josephine’s face and laughter tinkled inside the small hut as she enumerated the places she and her daughter hope to go to.

“We will take a stroll in Gaisano Mall, do some window shopping, and eat in Jollibee. We’ll also go to the city plaza, and watch the Flores de Mayo every night,” she said.

But most of all, she’s looking forward to the days she’ll see her daughter reach the milestones in her life that would bring her closer to her own honorable dream—to be a teacher.


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