The transition from the dependent child into the self-sufficient young man or woman is not marked by initiation ceremonies or induction rites. In some things, children are given independence at an early age. In other things, they continue to act dependently.
Mother carried me around.Father always at my side.I, the baby, was still small:just a little child I was.Going to the field to work,Father led me by the hand.Even speaking simple wordsas a babe I did not know.But now everything has changed.The small baby has grown up.Now the baby understandsall the words that Father speaks,Everything that mother says.Even when I'm walking far,when I travel far awayand it becomes dangerousI'll return immediately.
Kinakalong ni NanayKinakandong ni TataySadya pang kamusmusanTunay akong paslit langHangang sa kaingin man'Sinasama ni TatayKahit pa utal-utalSanggol na walang muwangNgunit nang magka-minsanLumaki't magkagulangAkin namang nalamanKay Tatay, kawikaanKay Nanay, kasabihanMalayo mang lakaranSaan man ang abutanKung kasam-an ang datnanSila lang ang uwian!
Then the day comes when adolescence ends. The parents know now that there is not much hope that the young people will do things the way the parents want them to do. The young man goes his way, and nobody can direct him anymore.
Says the lobster in the creek:Even if you place a dam,I will jump it high and neat!
Sabi ng hipong sapa:Kahit mo man bakuranMay lusot, paraan pa!
The character of the youngster is fixed now. Even if there are traits the parents do not like, these traits can no longer be changed. Wherever he is, the young adult will behave in his accustomed manner and will not change his attitudes because of others.
Pigeon, with a shortened tail,even there across the hills,you won't be a nightingale!
Hoy, ibong Balud-balodLibanin mo ma'y bundokPungos pa rin 'yang buntot!