While simmering the water, mum is preparing her freshly picked Pechay and her glistening dark purple Eggplant from the school garden. She is cooking the almost daily type of vegetable preparation, “nilagang gulay,” in vernacular, composed of varied produce, those previously mentioned, with some added verdant veggie tops, boiled under a moderate heat, with minimal salt on it. It is always a must for our family to dine in with vegetables of any sort on the table. This year’s theme of the Nutrition Month “Ugaliing Magtanim, sapat na nutrisyon aanihin”, reminds me of the day to day routine of our family gardening. In far-flung areas, like the barangay where I came from, vegetables are ubiquitous, from those that one has planted to those that are just naturally occurring. I like eating the crawling alugbati, kangkong, kulitis and other green leafy vegetables. See? It seems that all are growing just only a step outside our home. So it is not hard for us to find veggie for lunch or dinner, but mum has a different attitude towards it. For us her children, we are reluctant in finding vegetables around and how much more asking one from our neighbors. So she taught us of a simple way of life, that if one has sown a seed on the ground, one would be able to reap the fruit of it soon. This is the literal application of what we knew of today, which is also applicable on a different circumstance. As she had demonstrated, every time she cooks for us, say a menu utilizing onion, tomato, bell pepper or “kangkong,” part of the onion can still be used and grown; while seed from tomato and bell pepper have to be salvaged and then later on dried up a bit then she will scatter it at the back of the kitchen where we have small space. Yes, our favorite one is kangkong not just it supplies food for us but we earn money out of it. And “Kangkong” stalks can never get out her sight too, we only use most of the leaves from it and some stems, so the left over will still be viable. So she plants part of it into the ground at the back of the kitchen. Eventually, seeds grow and then taken cared of picked for cooking again.