Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.
I was scrolling down my Facebook news feed when I came across this photos uploaded by a relative. Well, thanks to her I get to recollect and reminisce my fond memories in childhood during this kind of season. I suddenly miss those moments.
Happiness is when you can finally reap what you saw. —Maia
Despite how better my work is right now compared to farming there are still those times I would wish to go back to these days even just for a while. Naturally, for a person born from parents who’re farmers, you’d always long for those things you grew up with, things such as these.
These photos are such a wonderful sight, I could kill for more.
I could imagine the feeling of these fellows from different households as they gather together to harvest these crops hand in hand. I bet there’s no better feeling. Planting season has long gone and the harvesting season finally came. The wait is over. After long endurance of the rainy and sunny days tending the crops its already that season of the year when you can already reap what you saw.
All in line, everyone appears to be in the midst of concentration. I could imagine the rustling leaves as the harvesting people fastly cut off the branches, and the gritting teeth of the person incharge of bundling😀.
I could remember that whenever my parents bring me and my siblings with them during times like these, they would warn us not to talk while everyone’s harvesting, the rationale is that someone might lose concentration while cutting the branches and get injured. That’s what I heard though, there might be beliefs that come along with it. But during the later days, talking while harvesting is no longer a big deal. It’s one of the best days where all of our family members work together. We would tell jokes, laugh, and talk about a lot of things. It’s more like a family bonding.
By the end of the day, you won’t really mind the exhaustion from the work done, all you could remember would be that timeless memory you just had.
Ready for the best part? Lunch! The elders would serve the Igorot delicacy, pinikpikan(beaten chicken prior to cooking) with etag/inasin (smoked meat/salted meat). The best dish duo of our native tribe and, my all time favourite dish. It’s typically served during planting and harvesting seasons of Igorots.
Not to miss the rice wine! Best served when it’s gloomy or raining during the harvest. It perfectly warms you up when you’re cold while your feet are soaked in the mud for hours and the rain keeps pouring.
If everyone helps to hold up the sky, then one person does not become tired. —Askhari Johnson Hodari
All done, bundled and piled in the gimata (load carriers) ready to bring home. Later all the men would carry those loads of rice one by one. It would be a priceless sight as they are lined up running along the long narrow paths going home.
•credits to the owner of the photos😉