The Five Peso Coin


The New Five Philippine Peso Coins (Released 2015)
The New Five Philippine Peso Coins (Released 2015)

I was a spoiled brat when I was younger and I wanted everything I liked to be given to me right away. When I wanted to do something, I just did it without asking permission from anyone, not even my parents.

I cut my bangs up to my hair roots because I hated it. I had my hair permanently curled by my neighbor who was a hair stylist without telling my dad. I swore at my grandpa a million times every day. I hit my baby cousin with an umbrella because he didn’t want to share his chocolates. I threw a pair of scissors right into my classmate’s face and stabbed my other classmate with a peg because they didn’t want to do my homework. I volunteered to prepare the food my baby cousin and I were supposed to share so I would always have the bigger portion.

I was definitely a bitchy kid. I wanted what I wanted when I wanted it. And so when I was five, my dad did something I would never ever forget.

One day, I wanted my dad to buy me a box of Smarties before I went to school. He didn’t want to, and I cried so hard. I didn’t want to go to school anymore. I went back to my room, tore my school uniform and changed into my jumper. I sat at the end of the bed, frowning with my arms crossed.

I remember how annoyed my dad was. He didn’t know how to deal with me. He was the only one taking care of me since my mom wasn’t with us when I was young. He was so frustrated as I was giving him deadly looks while my tears silently ran down my face.

He left my room and came back minutes after with a five peso coin in his right hand. He handed me the coin and told me I could buy anything I wanted with it. A five peso coin cost a lot of things at that time, so I was very happy. I quickly changed back to my school uniform and went to school.

During break time, I was so excited to go to the store to buy snacks. I got everything I wanted and went to the counter. When I handed the coin my dad gave me, the lady looked at me like she just saw a ghost.

“Honey, you can’t spend this coin now. It doesn’t have any value.”

“What? My dad gave it to me! I want those chocolates now!”

“You can’t have them. I am sorry.”

And then I started crying on the floor until the lady gave the chocolates for free. I went back to school and thought about how my dad had fooled and played me. When I came home that day, I didn’t want to talk to him. I went straight to bed without even taking a shower. He came to my room and I just pretended I was already asleep. He kissed my forehead and whispered,

“I am sorry baby, you can’t always get what you want.”

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Brilliant Disguise.”

(C) Diana Marcos 2015.


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7 thoughts on “The Five Peso Coin

    1. I hope not. There are things we only realize when we’re old, but there are also things we realize earlier in our life that made us change for the better. I think a mistake made in innocence should never be used as a platform of retribution decades after. But, thank you for your output. 🙂

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