Home Work Imagine a place where people get to work for a short period of time and be able to go home early to spend more time with their families. Imagine a town where you get to see old couples walking slowly as they held their hands together tight.

Imagine life that is so simple and basic that it completes that very criteria of a dream come true where success is not about a good house, a fast car and a thick wallet but a father, a mother and children all living happily in one home.

It is a good dream indeed that you wish not to wake up from but the only thing that gets you out of that good dream each day is the fact that you are there and your family is not. Thus, you rather work late for having no one to rush home for.

This is often a dilemma for most of our fellow Filipinos working abroad and enjoying the best of both worlds less joy of having their families beside them. It’s sad. The happiness could have been complete only if they were right besides you all the time.

We all need to work. We all need to do sacrifices. We all need to leave sometimes. It is quite hard for a child to understand this but perhaps they will get to realize as they mature that parents at times had to work far away so kids can have better future.

If this setup is hard for the wives and children, it’s the hardest as well for the father. Even men shed tears once they get to miss their families. Each penny hard-earned indeed comes from “pawis at dugo” and this is not an exaggeration!

Gone were the days when we all wanted to work outside the country so we can tour around and see the world in a different perspective. More than the luxury of jet setting is the realization that we all come here to make a living too far from home.

Life is not just about working. We do not live to work. We work to live. At the end of the day, we all get to retire and simply go home to be with the people who we worked hard for. The feeling of seeing your child’s diploma due to your sacrifices is priceless.

Thus, we all need to put importance to what matters most in life. We need to value time with our family more than other material possessions and achievements. We may be far away but not too far enough to forget about home… where you all belong!