Indeed, goodbyes hit differently for families with overseas Filipino worker relatives. But it is even harder for children.
This three-year-old boy from Pampanga couldn’t help but become emotional when his Lolo Joel entered the airport during his scheduled flight to United Kingdom.
“Ayaw! Ayaw! No! No!” Sebby was heard saying in the video while hysterically crying.
His family convinced him to leave the premises after his grandfather entered Clark International Airport.
“Ba-bye na. Come on, Let’s go. Let’s go home na,” Sebby’s family said while trying to calm him down.
Mother Kyra Agustin said that it was hard for her son, Sebby, to let go of his lolo since they were always together.
“Paalis na kasi ‘yung dad ko jan after 4 months of vacation, eh si Sebby po kase ‘yung parang naging bunso ng parents ko, lagi nilang kasama si Sebby so sobrang na attach na siya sakaniya, nung time na ihahatid na namin si dad sa airport, ang akala kasi ni Sebby, kasama din siyang aalis, but we tried to explain naman sakaniya na baba needs to work muna then mag comeback naman siya sa December, so we thought na okay na siya, but surprisingly nung papasok na si dad sa airport, dun na siya naging emotional lalo na’t d siya sinama,” Kyra narrated.
Lolo Joel has been working abroad as a lineman for almost 14 years now. He usually comes home every year for Christmas and new year.
Kyra described her son as a lolo and lola’s boy. He is also a cheerful and talented kid, according to her.
Kyra said that after a few minutes, Sebby eventually calmed down. “Sebby is doing great naman po, after nung breakdown niya, we were able to calm him down naman, he requested to go to McDonalds after that so ‘yun, happy kid na ulit siya.”
The online community found the video relatable especially for families with OFW relatives.
It has already garnered more than 1.9 million views as of writing.
“Naalala ko tuloy ‘yung sarili ko nung bata pa ako,” a netizen commented.
“Salute sa mga OFWs na kayang tiisin ang hirap sa ibang bansa para sa pamilya,” another netizen said.