When I was a child my parent forbidden me to speak or to have a communication with adults especially if I’m not involved or not my concerns, it’s more about adult things: mingling with adults considered ‘bastos’ or rude in my country during my younger days. But now I’m a father I encourage my children to speak up or share their views/opinion mostly on family matter. I liked listening to adults’ stories when I was young their stories created an imagination to me, all their experiences in life were like alien to me. Male adults in the Philippines usually shared their stories while drinking beer, that time there no videoke or karaoke, so everybody have their own moments to share, some were talking about their disappointment in their families while others were so proud of their children’s achievement.
What annoyed me that time they usually ask for my help to buy some beer in the convenience store, you heard it right, kids in my country can buy beer or cigarette in a store without showing their IDs and I found it very unacceptable.
It’s a common site in my country mostly in depressed area allowing kids to lit a cigarette in their behalf or opening a bottle of beer which invites kids to sip or to taste it, I usually don’t speak that time because I’m just a kid, they will just ignored me and my voice don’t matter at all. But, that time, I’m more adult or matured compare to them, I know they were not a good example because of their action there inviting kids to be like them, wasted.