It’s summer time! Wow! I never thought summer here in the US can be as hot as in the Philippines. It’s the same world, I think, lol! You know, one of the fondest memories I have while growing up was playing mud in the rice field. I remembered how scared we are when my young, little sister was kicked by the horse maybe because it was being invaded by our loud screaming. All of us sure loved playing in the rice field. There was no TV back then. In the afternoon, we just hang out together in the rice field like it’s some sort of a play ground to us. And when we get hungry, we just look for some fruits to eat. It’s either the green mango or papaya- we didn’t care. Sometimes, we just climb at our neighbor’s guava tree to satisfy our hunger, hahaha!
The main problem for the farmers during this season is the bird. They usually flock together to grab some food. If you don’t scare them away, they won’t left anything for you to harvest at all. So, we tag a thread together, put an empty can with some stone on it and it will go from one pole to another. So, when the birds will come to touch the hays of rice, we’ll just have to touch the pole that connected all the thread. It will make a noise to threaten the birds. Pretty easy job! But the easiest though is this ingenuity that the natives had created- the scarecrow. Some people had been very creative just like this:
(take a closer look to appreciate their efforts:)
Oh, I can still hear the echoes of laughter while running around, making our kite fly and stepping on the mud like it’s not going to end. I missed those days, really!