Do not give, teach them the road and hands ready to work!

by Lilia M. Fiallo


We all have intelligence, common sense to get our livelihood and to give us pleasure in what we want!

Mirtha was working for more than 30 years as a Secretary of a solid factory management in the capital. She lived well, in her parents’ house, with her four unmarried siblings. One day, she decided to join a charitable foundation, providing a monthly amount.

A few years later, at a meeting of which were used in that institution, Mirtha proposed, to buy two homes, and give them to families that appear to be in need. Studied and approved the proposal by all board members, they gave way to the project to crystallize it.

Beatrice, a woman head of household, mother of four children, unmarried, was selected first, to deliver a simple, habitable house in perfect condition, with all the furniture and belongings documents in rule that demonstrate she was now the owner. The day came and the formal delivery took place, but the one that was happier for this event was Mirtha.

Two years had perhaps passed, when one day, Mirtha with some members of the foundation were near Beatrice’s house, and decided to go visit her. They hoped to see her happy enjoying a reality with which many dream, having a home!

They knocked twice. When Beatrice answered the call and opened the door; all smiling, they hoped to be invited to come in, but they were surprised, when she scolded them saying: “I would have been more grateful if you would have not given me anything, I´m fed up and tired of paying bills (electricity, water, telephone, gas)”.

Everyone secretly looked appalled, while their eyes had traveled the enclosure. The picture was of abandonment, there was dirt, clothes everywhere, and you couldn´t see the furniture was damaged. The visitors turned and left, as they walked speechless, someone broke the silence and said: what will the abandonment in which the children will be like?

May 17 at 5:30pm in Las Margaritas Lina says to Sofia. Look what happened to me. One thing is to respect and be consider with people, and another very different, is that some people believe, that when someone with kindness and humility, gives them a hand, a phase of encouragement, they confused it and want to abuse. My friendship is purely human and my presents are not of this world because my budget doesn´t allow me. The last time I visited to Juana, I promised myself to never go back, because abysmal I was, when she said, that if bring her something she needed, it had to be the brand that she indicated to me. However, I soon forgot it and again when she did not answer the phone, I went to visit her.

Today I think that I will hardly return. Had not noticed that while I spoke to her, she observed what I  wore and she interrupted to say: “Look at this watch I have one the table, it was given to me a boyfriend I had, I´m selling it and if someone gives me a third of what it costs” I sell it, it´s gold. I naively took it, looked at her and saw that it was no big deal. Fast mind I have, gave me the answer. Ah! Is my bracelet that appears to be fine; my ring. –a little fair-, is mounted on the ring so that it cannot fall, it looks like a great jewel, that´s why she is offering me that watch! I thought… Actually, I found out the value of the famous watch, and new, it does not cost even a third of what Juana wanted. Which fantasy and which lack of genuineness of some beings, that confused and believe that the unwary and compassionate to be is his instruments of time, says Sofia. That is why it is difficult to find authentic hearts, thoughts and good feelings. I´m not like you, I do not gift anything, because God gave us intelligence and hands ready-to-work.

Lilia M. Fiallo was born in Bogotá, Colombia, where, between tasks and free time, she found a place to write about subjects, somehow forgotten by others. With gold letters engraved in her memory, she began her working life, in the heart of the technical part, of the air traffic control of her native country. In the midst of aeronautical phraseology and codes, the world of aviation gave her one of the highest experiences, because of the precision required by this craft, where a single mistake could cost many lives. It is there, where in her concern to communicate her ideas, she begins to write with dedication, themes a little relegated by society, the Church and the State. Discovering a truth that nobody wants to talk about, but much more real and every day, than it seems. It is thus, as it appears, her first work, “Parir por parir”. You can find her book at for sale in Amazon and if you want to connect with her send her an email to







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