Tuesday, December 1, 2015

What make a happy home. Audience response.

Home is a fire place, a hearth, which takes the cold out of the body and spirit.Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan.sa Himpapawid (School on Air) with Miss Grace Velasco
738 KHz AM 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday

The topic of What constitute a happy home was discussed on the school-on-air program - Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid. It was one of the liveliest lessons in the last seven years of the program (Phase 2). Here are definitions which came from our radio audience here and abroad.

1. Home is a roof for everyone - residents and guests.
2. Home is a wall with large windows that let the sun and the breeze in.
3. Home is where fish in the aquarium sparkle in the morning’s sun.
4. Home is a baby smiling, of children playing.

Little helping hands in a shop 

5. Home is husband and wife loving and loyal to each other.

6. Home is a “place for everything and everything in its place.”
7. Home is dad and mom waiting for the children from school.
8. Home is a workshop for hobbies, inventions and discoveries.
9. Home is a dog lying on the doormat and waiting for its master.
10. Home is a litter of puppies and kittens.

11. Home is a rooster crowing, nature’s alarm clock.
12. Home is a house lizard’s crispy announcement of a guest coming.
Walking the dog.

13. Home is a frog croaking in the rain.
14. Home is a safari of wildlife – from insects to migratory birds.
15. Home is a warm embrace of a cat.

16. Home is a cup of coffee, a sip of wine, a newspaper.
17. Home is a warm bath, a cold shower, a bath tub.
18. Home is National Geographic, Time Magazine, Discovery channel.
19. Home is ripe tomato, succulent radish, dangling string beans.
20. Home is a brooding mother hen in her nest.

21. Home is fresh eggs everyday.
22. Home is the singing of birds and fiddling of crickets.

 Home is a work shop for kids in the neighborhood
23. Home is the sweet smell of flowers, falling leaves, swaying branches in the wind.
24. Home is the sweet smell of the earth after the first rain in May.
25. Home is a singing cicada in the tree.

26. Home is a swarming of gamugamo in the evening.
27. Home is a sala too small for so many friends.
28. Home is a cabinet of books, a study table, a computer.
29. Home is Beethoven, Mozart, Abelardo, Santiago.
30. Home is Charlotte Church, Josh Groban, Sharon Cuneta.

31. Home is Juan Luna, Amorsolo. Picasso, Van Gogh.
32. Home is potpourri of appetizing recipes, of the proverbial grandmother apple pie.
33. Home is pinakbet, lechon, karekare, suman, bibingka.

34. Home is a garden of roses, a grass lawn, a pergola of orchids.
35. Home is a collection of plants, a living gene bank.

36. Home is home for biodiversity, a living museum.
37. Home is doing repairs that virtually has no end.
38. Home is disposing old newspapers, bottles, metal scraps, and used clothes.
Home is eating with gusto a favorite recipe, Vigan empanada
39. Home is a midnight candle before an exam.
40. Home is a shoulder, a pillow, to cry on.

41. Home is Noche Buena.
42. Home is fireworks on New Year.
43. Home is general cleaning on weekends.
44. Home is a soft bed that soothes tired nerves and muscles.
45. Home is a fire place, a hearth, which takes the cold out of the body and spirit.

46. Home is a Prodigal Son returning, The Good Samaritan.
47. Home is a round table where thanksgiving prayer is said.
48. Home is laughter and music, prose and poetry.
49. Home is forgiving, rejoicing, celebrating.
50. Home is Angelus and rosary hour.

    Home is a family enterprise (wine and vinegar)
Many of the definitions are romantic; they are recollections of happy moments. They are a picturesque of a dream home. They are full of optimism and imagery as well. Apparently the callers must be enjoying the comforts of their home. Many are young and idealistic, and look at the sunny side of life. I suppose everybody, would like to combine a number of these definitions, and synergistically come up with a Utopian Home.

                                      Looking into the "other side of midnight"

On the other side of these scenarios are realities of life that we face today. Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid did some research on current social issues, herein presented in a capsule. *

• There are 32 Million poor Filipinos (39.4 percent of the population); 5.1M poor families (19.9 percent in urban areas and 46.9 in rural areas); and 2.5M families are living on subsistence level. (NSO 2002)

• Only 80 percent have access to safe water; and 86.1 percent to sanitary toilets

• Only 72 percent live in strong houses; and only 67 percent own house and lot; 3.4M are squatters (ADB, 2002).
 .Our population experience hunger; 20 to 34 percent are undernourished, among them 15M children.

• About 100M children in the world are living on the street as of 1994. There are 1.5 million street children in the Philippines alone.

• There are 2.8M illiterate Filipinos, while 7.4M others are functionally illiterate. Functional illiteracy refers to the inability of a person to use his skills in reading, writing and counting to improve his life. This is the target audience of Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid.
* National Statistics Office, 2002

  Planet Earth - Home, Sweet Home of all Creatures
 This lesson aims at offering an alternative to solving current social and economic and problems.  We believe that living close to Nature, by respecting her laws and rules, appreciating her beauty and bounty, and helping in her “housekeeping” to make a healthy, clean and comfortable environment will certainly ease the burden of living; in fact it strengthens our will and spirit to live and to enjoy the best life could give. In our resolve to keep the family bond close and firm, build a strong and comfortable dwelling, keep our surroundings clean and green, and above all, elevate our level of consciousness toward goodness and beauty - we are  recreating a patch of Eden we call Home, Sweet Home.
Together let us make the Planet Earth our Home, Sweet Home. ~

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