One thing I love about Asian cultures [generally speaking of course] is the respect and honor the young ones show to their elderly family members.
I've seen it in both Taiwan and Philippines, teenagers going out socially with their parents and grandparents, and caring for them as they get older.
I'm sitting at SM Mall right now, and an older man sat down next to me with his teenage son.
The man had a disfigured arm, was limping, and had a hard time sitting down, but the boy patiently helped him get seated safely, holding on to his father's arms tightly and protectively.
As they rested, they didn't say much to each other, but the young boy sat there quietly, hardly even moving, while his father leaned on him for support.
After about 30 minutes, the father shifted his weight without a word, and the boy immediately stood up, put his arms around his father’s waist, and his father’s arm around his own shoulder, then lifted him up to standing position.
The 2 walked off slowly, with the father's arm still around his son's shoulder for support. It was just a simple yet universal thing, a father wanting to go around and spend time with his son.
Simple, and yet for some reason it really stood out to me.
Images by Vinoth Chandar and used under Creative Commons License.
I'm JR. I come from a long line of adventurers, some were nomadic explorers of the sea and others wandering cultivators of the earth. Ultimately, this legacy of drifters has deeply affected my view of travel. Read more...