Who burned the house?
Date: May 24, 2022
What will you do when you saw the house of your neighbor burning?
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Hello my dear read.cash friends, how are you? I wasn't able to publish an article yesterday and I am hoping to write one today. I came across to read two article about Fire from @JonicaBradley and @Cleophia2 . I have an experience about fire too and I wanted to share it now.
We are living in the province or we also call it living in the country side or mountain before. Most houses that time were made with light materials and easy to catch fire. The floor were made of bamboo, the walls are made of bamboo to and the roof were usually made of coconut leaves and we call it in bisaya as "pawod".
One hot noontime when I and my mother is in the house busy preparing food for our lunch when we hear our father shouting Fire! Fire! Fire! The house of our neighbor is burning.
We ran as fast as we can going outside and we were able to see the strong fire eating most of our neighbor's house.
We did our best together with other neighbors to throw water on their house to save it from burning. Other also throwing water in our own houses making it wet and hoping that the fire won't go to our house.
Fortunately our houses never been burnt but the house of our neighbor been burn and leave nothing for them.
We felt so tired, weak and sad looking to it. Thinking how our neighbor would feel when they go home without a house anymore.
Our neighbor is not around that time because they were in their farm. And it is happened that my father came home from the farm when he noticed the fire. Neighbor's house is in the back of ours and might be that's the reason that we didn't even noticed it because we were inside.
We are clueless about the reason of fire. Some neighbor thought that might be they forgot to blow off the candle before they leave. People that time were just using candle or light using gas to have light in the evening.
Some also said that might be there is a candle in their altar and they forgot to blow off of it or might be they cooked early in the morning and there is still fire in the wood.
My two younger brother and sister is not in the house when the incident happened. My father asked them where they were that time. They just said that they are just roaming around to play.
Everyone is clueless for a few days until my aunt call my mother's attention. My aunt said, Nang (an aklanon term for Manang means ate or sister) don't be shocked and just be calm. I was able to convince Jong2 and El2 (my younger brother and sister) to tell the truth. When I asked Jong2 who burn the house and he said:
"Si El2 man gud iya kung gisugo nga sindihan ang sako" (El2 told me to lit a fire on the sack) which is beside the wall of their house.
El2 didn't say any word but cry.
Now, we know that the culprit in burning our neighbor's house is my very own brother and sister.
They said they got the match sticks from our other neighbor and they just bringing it while roaming around to play. I don't know why they come to think to lit a fire to a sack not thinking what will happen next. They were very young children when it happened. Might be it didn't come to their mind that what they did will result to fire and burned our neighbor's house.
My aunt told my mother not tell it directly to our father because she felt pity to my brother and sister that for sure will receive a spank from our father. My mother told this to my father when everything is under control and the emotion is good. I can't remember now if they receive some spanking from my father. But indeed it is a bad experience for us.
We pay money to our neighbor as payment as well as our father gave some of our things to them. From blanket and some beddings, to utensils, and even our own clothes. I cannot forget that even my favorite jumper was given to them because our neighbor has a child at the same age of mine. In fact we're classmates, playmates and friends too.
There are lot of times that children wanted to explore and experiment on different things not knowing what will be the result. Let us monitor our kids especially when they roam around because unexpected things will happen.
I think this is for now.
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