‘Chicken Sad’ and ordinary stories

Alice Bustos-Orosa

Alice Bustos-Orosa

In the last few months, many of us have grown weary or even disenchanted with the headline news that welcomes us each morning. From never-ending debates about how our tax money has been spent by gov–ernment, to growing unrest in many parts of the world, to too much politicking for the 2016 elections, you’re probably also looking for a reprieve from it all.

In the last week though, offbeat news items seem to have caught everyone’s attention. For one, social media and even people on the streets were abuzz how Filipino favorite fast food chain Jollibee was unable to serve its famous fried chicken, prompting people to call the tragedy “Chicken Sad.”

Even our office secretary, Grace, was overheard ar–guing on the phone when she tried to have several orders of Chicken Joy served to some school children. When told that they didn’t have any chicken to sell, Grace uttered candidly, “Maybe you should just close shop for the day!”

But what may have seem–ingly been a trivial problem for consumers was perhaps a huge corporate nightmare. Whatever their take was on the matter, the chicken shortage had adults ranting on social media and kids completely horror-struck for days.

Then too, at the start of the week most of us who live in this chaotic metropolis were caught in the worst kind of traffic known to man. It was a perfect “Manic Monday” scenario—moto–rists stuck on the road for at least two hours trying to get to school or their workplace amid monsoon rains and flooded streets.

The ordinary commuter had at best only government to blame for the chaos, and lashed out at transportation authorities to get their act together. For most people, Manic Monday traffic was almost a situation that on–ly meant how we are all vulnerable to the whims and unpredictability of living in the metropolis.

And yet, the other big new over the weekend that struck a chord was UP basketball team’s momentous win after years and seasons of losses. To celebrate long over- due championship, the UP community spontaneously built a bonfire in the sunken garden the evening after the game. For some competing teams, such a celebration may seem premature, but for an institution that prides itself with a school spirit despite the odds of winning, the victory was worthy of a jamboree.

As most of us go on with typical day jobs, we cer–tainly welcome any bit of news to add spice to the regular rhythm of our days. Far from the disputes on national socio-political issues, it seems to me that the inconveniences that hit closest to our daily lives are what affect us all the more. We often take many things for granted including no–tions that our favorite fried chicken will always be the run-to comfort food, or expectations of smooth drives to work, or even our deepest hopes for UP to regain its former athletic glory. But if there’s one thing living in this metro–polis has taught us all, it seems to be that the virtues of patience, resilience and hope are asked of us all even in ordinary days.


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