I didn’t think it was possible but I made Mang Arnold’s day! I went out of the house to check on something from the neighbor. I saw him sitting at the sari-sari store talking to another old man. He introduced me to his cousin as the “love of his life”. I was laughing and he looked dead serious by his declaration. I grew up with Mang Arnold around the neighborhood. They said that he’s autistic and that he’s very fond of me ever since I fed him one stormy afternoon. Whenever I see him, he would introduce me as the “love of his life” and I would just smile.
I went back home to get my dad’s old pneumatic tools and gave it to his cousin whom I know to be the handyman around the neighborhood. Mang Arnold smiled like it was him that I gave the tools to!
I made his day and, boy, was I so happy!