Someone in the class mentioned about the usage of English by her five year-old cousins. She said it irritated her when they said that Tagalog is gross. She said that this belittling of our mother tongue is one of the things we should always reconsider, both in education and in our lifestyle, as a Filipino.

I didn't have the time in the world to tell her how brave she was. How it touched me.

How I write this in English, and how my mind still writes in Tagalog, is another matter.