More than 10 years ago, my friend and I were huddled together trying to solve a very complicated CALCULUS problem. I did my magic. He did his magic. None of our mojos worked. We spent hours looking at the numbers and they did not make sense, at all. I decided to give up on it and turned to a magazine. It was his homework, anyway, so it wasn't my problem. I had just arrived from London and was not attending school yet. Schoolwork was far from my mind.
Around midnight, his dad arrived. He nodded to greet us and I feebly said: "Hi tito!" He passed his son, patted him on the back and looked into the work he had in front of him.
DAD: Oh, kailangan mo ba ng tulong? (Do you need help?)
FRIEND: Mejo mahirap eh (It's kinda hard)
He briefly looked at the problem we had attempted to tackle for hours, and turned to my friend.
DAD: Eh, madali lang ito! (This is easy!) Here, do this... do that... and this...
I was amazed. I did not know him that well, but I knew his sons, and this memory of him has never left me ever since. Goodbye.