Photo of Homeless Mom and Kid Playing by the Road Inspires Netizens, Sparks Debate

In life, we really have a lot of reasons to feel sad and give up – but we also have a lot of reasons to be happy and try harder!

This was proven by a homeless mother and her son who were spotted as they happily played by the road, not minding the motorists passing by Airport Road under the NAIA Expressway in Parañaque.

Without a home and not much to their name, these two were impoverished and had all the reasons to stay glum all their life. But even with their difficult situation, the two were able to find a bit of happiness in their existence.

Photo credit: Ameniel Del Mundo / Facebook

Lying on the cold pavement with a bag on her foot, this mother happily played with her son. It was the picture of happiness and love – and it touched the heart of netizen Ameniel Del Mundo who happened to pass by the road at that moment.

Grumbling due to some problems in his business, Del Mundo was angry at also being stuck in traffic but looking out of his car, the touching scene changed his mood.

I was stressed by some issues in my business when I saw the child playing with his mom and the mother grabbed the child and played with him as well. The two were playing happily at the island while I was grumbling about my situation inside the car,” Del Mundo told the Inquirer.

He quickly snapped a photo of the two, sharing it on his social media page. He would later post an edit when netizens slammed him for not helping the family.

Proof that happiness is a choice. 🙂

Edit: This mother and her son were found playing in the middle of heavy traffic at the tramo-airport road on Tuesday. Amidst poverty and without any material things, the mother and her son remains to be happy and content and could be seen playing around. This game is a popular way within the Filipino families to entertain their kids.

For those who wanted to help, we are still looking for them since yesterday, as we cant find the family. Will update as soon as we find them. 🙂

Though many netizens were touched by the photo, like Del Mundo, others were critical of the picture and his post sparked a debate on social media.

Photo credit: Ameniel Del Mundo / Facebook

Mag-aanak tapos di man lang mabigyan ng maayos na buhay. Pwe!” one netizen wrote.

Lol You seriously think that this is a picture of happiness and contentment? Only those who are privileged and rich would label this as being happy and contented,” another one blasted.

Others said it’s not good to romanticize poverty and make it look alright. But many sided with Del Mundo.

Proof that happiness is being with the people you love and not just having the material things in life,” one wrote.

They make do of what they have… they are happy for a moment…” another one agreed.

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