“One more, please?” Pedro cried out a prayer. He counted the small change he got from yesterday’s earnings. He still needed to meet his daily quota of cotton candy sales before he could start making any profits for the day.
The gloom oh his face brightened and he couldn’t help a smile broaden when two beautifully dressed girls approached him.
“Manong, can we get two cotton candies please?” the girl in a blue dress asked.
“Yes, of course, iha,” he replied.
“Teresa! Come inside the van, we’re about to leave,” a man’s voice shouted.
“Ah, sorry Manong. Time to go,” she apologized. “I’ll come back next week.”
The smile on Pedro’s face melted as he nodded hopefully at the girl.
Then, a lady carrying a baby from his side asked for half a dozen pieces.
“Thank you,” Pedro graciously whispered.
Some words to define
Manong – a respectful way of addressing an older man like Mr. or Sir.
Iha – local term to call a little girl
Photo: Zorlone Edited by Frank Cunha III Original story by Zorlone
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