Life Lessons and Creativity

Simon and Jorge’ story, part two….a little boy’s predicament, a man’s lesson.  And at the end of this blog, we’ll take a peek at some of Jorge’s DIY simple projects made of junks…

The cartons, old magazines, newspapers and boxes of old jars and bottles Simon organized for Jorge to pick up that morning were still piled up awaiting its claimant. The food he prepared for the little boy had turned cold and were still untouched. Yes, Simon thoughtfully set a breakfast for Jorge this time. Shame imbued him as he heard an accusing whisper in his brain saying he just did it to wash off his guilt. He shook his head as he recalled what had transpired a day before. While driving his car he saw Jorge in his sedulous daily journey of picking up junks and trashes. As the little boy pushed and grappled his wooden cart under the heat of the sun his pale face caught Simon’s attention, yet his main concern was his hectic schedule and didn’t give time to pause from his busyness and ask how the orphan was doing.

Usually, Jorge was coming before six in the morning. It was already nine o’clock and he was not visible yet. Simon couldn’t help but wonder why Jorge didn’t show up this time, “very unusual”, he thought. As hours passed by, his mind became preoccupied by the long line of patients coming in to his clinic and forgot about the little boy. Yes, maybe for a while because that night, Simon tosses on his bed as thoughts of Jorge bothered him.

The next morning, Simon was knocking for almost ten minutes on Jorge’s door and no sign of any movement inside the orphan’s small room. A young girl in the neighborhood noticed him. After moments of hesitation finally had the guts to speak. ” Are you looking for Jorge, sir? He is in the nearest hospital, in a critical condition.” “What happened?” he shuddered as he uttered the question. ” I heard people saying he got beaten and stabbed by some members of a young robbery gang because Jorge caught them trying to rob a house. I didn’t know the details sir, you can go to the barangay* hall for more information.”

Simon’s hand on the steering wheel were quivering while he was heading to the hospital. He found out from the barangay chairman that Jorge was trying to stop a gang which was involved in series of robbery from entering his house and his clinic. The young boy distracted the group’s intention to intrude into his properties by hitting them with a sling and stones while he hid behind a trash bin. Afterwards the little boy ran fast to call a police. But his speed had no match with the big young men chasing him. He didn’t make it and turned to be the gang’s victim instead of Simon.

Simon couldn’t hold his tears from rolling down his face as he peeped in the Intensive Care Unit’s door. Inside, Jorge was lying on the hospital bed, fighting for his life. The orphan’s pale face was so innocent reflecting its pure heart. A little boy who was not favored by fate, who despite struggles honestly lived his life in the midst of his hostile environment, surrounded with abusive, insensitive and uncaring people. Simon wanted to beat himself. This could have not happened to Jorge if he only heeded what the inner voice inside him was saying – to adopt the orphan and treat as his own, to save him from his miserable life. This little boy he knew for less than a year and yet already created a deep longing inside of him to be a father again. But he was so absorbed of his own life, of his own cares he kept on procrastinating what he had to do. “Oh, Lord God, save his life, please.” he uttered  a sincere prayer, sobbing….

Will Jorge be able to survive? Please read the conclusion and final episode of this orphan’s story and ordeal. It will be published on March 29, 2018.

For the meantime, may I ask you to pause for a while and spend a little thought for the thousands of deprived children around the world. Innocent children caught in the midst of wars. Children dying with eyes opened wide due to starvation. Homeless children disowned by their own parents, abandoned and neglected. Physically, emotionally and sexually abused children are secretly crying in agony. Many of them ended up in the cold, hostile institutions which received them.

There are many “Jorge” around us but they were victims of misjudgment. Our eyes were blinded we couldn’t see their goodness and potentials. And worst, we couldn’t feel their needs. Maybe we just have to be sensitive to save at least one “Jorge” in this world. They need love, they need attention and compassion. Children are precious and fragile they are to be protected and nurtured but instead what they received were cold shoulders and closed arms. Neglected and deprived children were robbed of their childhood, the most precious years of their life, which in the future may have a big impact in their character. If we are looking forward for a better world, we have to love children now for they are the ones who will make up the future generations.

“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.”
‭‭- Psalms‬ ‭127:3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.”- Matthew‬ ‭18:2-5‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Now, let’s take a look at two of Jorge’s creativity DIY crafts from the junks. The rest will be featured in the final episode of his story.

The photo below shows an old broken wall clock case. Jorge took out the clock’s face and leave the plywood attached behind it. Since the frame’s design is an anchor, he painted an undersea scene to match it. You can make a DIY project similar to this from your old wall clocks. If you cannot paint like Jorge, I suggest a flora and fauna design will do. Just grab nice shaped leaves and spray paint it, and there you go.

The next one is an old dirty fish bowl Simon gave him. Jorge thoroughly cleaned it, and wiped dry. He put pebbles at the bottom, then put in some potting soil. He then placed some rocks with moss. He made a tiny shack from cutting a shampoo container, shaped, glued and painted it. He then placed it on the top of the mossed rocks. Then he planted small plants to fit in and filled in the proper spaces to arrived into a miniature garden inside a jar, otherwise known as terrarium. You can also make your own DIY Terrariums out of old jars. There are two kinds of terrarium. Open terrarium like Jorge’s and closed terrarium. I’ll do some elaborations about this in my future blogs.

I hope you’ve got something from this blog. One of my blog’s purposes is not just to share stories, lessons in life, pointers but also to inspire you to create simple crafts that anyone can be able to do, just take your time. This is one productive way to use your time which brings enjoyment. Come, let’s “creatify”.

Informational Note: Barangay*A barangay (/bɑːrɑːŋˈɡaɪ)  is the smallest administrative division in the Philippines and is the native Filipino term for a village, district or ward. It is headed by a Barangay Chairman. Its legislative body is called Barangay kagawad(council).




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