Self-Sufficient and Determined

Self-Sufficient and Determined
A few days ago I was traveling to Naga City from Caramoan by bus. Between the towns of Ocampo and Pili we hit a little traffic. We were going slow enough that I could better observe the surroundings and see a bit of the local life in action.
In a yard on the left side I seen an old man sitting on a stool with one leg stretched out, a set of crutches leaning on a bush, and a pile of plant starts on his side. No one was there helping him. He had a small house made of hollow blocks and nipper roof. A simple life. I assume maybe his kids are in school or grown up and gone. Maybe he was alone.
I can see in his yard other vegetable plants like corn, okra’s and chili’s; possibly more. So I assume he grows his own to live on. For the most part, the Philippines is a poor country. Many people grow their own food. This guy was self-sufficient as much as he could be. He was old and still would not let a handicap slow him down or set him up for failure. He is determined to do with what he can, I could grasp that much in a 15 second time period while passing.
The people here in the area where I live are generally very proud. They are determined to survive the simplest way possible. Small communities will raise their own chickens, grow rice and vegetables, go fishing, raise pigs, and look after one another. It is a better system of community than I have witnessed in America. In the United States it seems like everyone is just out for them-selves. I am happy to be here to be part of and witness a better system of community cohesion.
For my readers, Sorry for not having a photo for this one. What are your communities like? Are your communities tight knit or divided? Is everyone out for them-selves or help one another? What have you captured from just a brief moment?
David Lee Martin
Functional US Army Veteran

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