The dream that wasn’t mine


Right after graduation, when I was yet 21 and jobless, my mom pressured me to get any available job in Ormoc City.

I am just a typical provincial lass from our beautiful and serene town called Baybay Leyte. I just wanted to be someone who can be smart enough to be working in the corner office in one of the big corporate offices in Metro Manila.That was my dream.

Little did I know that my mom had another dream for me.

“Anna. You should work in Gaisano Ormoc. You are pretty, fair-skinned, tall. You can definitely pass as a salesgirl.”, She would say.

“Anna. There is an appliance store in Ormoc looking for salesgirls. You should apply. You are pretty, fair-skinned, tall. You will definitely pass as a sales girl!”

Of course, I felt like “Damn. I did not hurdle the mountains of the Visayas State University and passed the exams of our terror professors just so I can be called pretty, tall, and fair-skinned. Not from my mom. Not from anyone else.”

But of course my mom was such a good sales person. She convinced me to apply as a salesgirl in that appliance store in Ormoc not because she called me pretty, tall, and fair-skinned. It was because she made me feel like I’m such one big bum!

She even convinced me to wear lipstick. Oh boy. I trembled the first time I applied those red coloured mess on my lips by myself. Haha. Did I not say I was just the typical provincial lass who was too shy to put on any make up?

Of course, I aced the test that the appliance store gave to all their applicants. Their manager even went to our house to talk to me about managing their new store that they will open in another town. At 21 years old! I got scared. Wow!

Yep. I was overqualified for the salesgirl post, he said. I was like “Yeah. My mom’s dream for me. Not my dream.”

Haha! I love you mom!

I did not become the Gaisano salesgirl you wanted me to become. And I did not work in that appliance store you wanted so badly for me. But it was good experience for me. 🙂

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