"Mama, Mama! Look what I got for you!" I heard my son's excited voice as he walked in the door.
Two months ago, my youngest son went on a school field trip to Baguio City, also known as "The City of Pines" It is about 251 kilometers (156 miles) north of Metro Manila where we live. Baguio is a city situated on a plateau of the mountainous region of Northern Luzon, and is around 5000 ft above sea level. The weather is always cool all year round, with average temperatures ranging from 15-23C (59-73F).
My son Mick had a big smile on his face while he handed me a pretty little dish garden.
"Mama, this is a Money Tree. Its supposed to bring us good luck. I got it near Mines View Park in Baguio."
|Mick during an early morning hike in Baguio|
"Thank you. It looks lovely," I said.
"I also got a miniature pine tree for Grandma. She will love this!" And he excitedly walks over to his grandmother's house to give her his gift.
Mick has always been the thoughtful little one. He always has something for me and his grandmother every time he returns from a field trip.
And so, the little money tree found its way into our home. Did it bring us money? Hmm.. good question. In some ways I guess it did, not because of "magical powers" but the mere fact of seeing it everyday served as a reminder to be frugal and spend wisely. Maybe that is what its supposed to do.
My Money Tree.