Corned Beef

I was about two. My father asked what I wanted for dinner. Corned beef, I said.

We were living then with my maternal grandparents. My father a lowly bulldozer operator.

He went to the corner store and saw one can standing. With no money and just the promise to pay later, he must charm the owner. So for over an hour, he shot the breeze with the old man without taking his eyes off the corned beef. When he finally had the gumption to ask, the old man could not say no.

I had a good dinner that night and a story to tell for the rest of my life. My father passed several years ago on Mother’s Day. My mom followed in November of 2016. I miss them. Like a boy who must live with his grandparents and leave home.

Poverty tattoos the heart with tears that never dry.

Corned beef will always be a gustatory and emotional dish. It satisfies the stomach and feeds the heart. A memory never to be forgotten.


About danmeljim

Dan Jimenez was the Editor in Chief of The Corps Magazine from 1976 to 1977. After graduation, he never abandoned his ideas and continued writing. On October 1983, as a young Navy Lieutenant, he wrote an open letter addressed to Salvador Laurel who was then a leader of the opposition against President Marcos. It was published by almost all the dailies and earned for him the commendation of PMAAA, Inc. He immigrated to the US in 1986 but continued to write about the country of his birth. He has defended the Philippine Military Academy against claims of it being a Philippine Monetary Academy and a corrupt institution. Very recently, he posted commendation of Gen Bato de la Rosa and castigation of Senator Sonny Trillanes, which went viral. He continues to believe that "Ideas must reign supreme because personalities and individuals are as fleeting as the seasons." Always a plebe in his thinking, he will live by the adage: "The greatest failure is that never attempted."
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