Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. – Aesop
This saying by Aesop aptly fits the Boholanos, who have shown the whole world how, collectively, heartfelt and profound gratitude can be expressed so that it could reach the many people who have offered sympathy, prayers, services, aid, donations, etc., in the aftermath of a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that caused havoc to the province and leaving over 200 people dead.
I have never seen anything like this, where, after pleading for water, food and other personal or material necessities for days, an outpouring of sincere acknowledgment and appreciation for the help extended to them have been displayed for the outside world to see, and not just for members of government and non-government organizations in the vicinity giving public assistance, who are also good Samaritans in their own ways.
Reading the ‘thank you’ signs, you could feel the warmth and makes stronger the urge to help more the disaster-stricken Boholanos as there are still plenty to be done in terms of rehabilitation.
What made an impact to me was about an Air Force plane which unloaded relief goods to the devastated Bohol town of Loon.
Instead of immediately carrying off the goods away, the town’s residents made that noble gesture of arranging the same into the letters “TY” (Thank You) for the pilots and crews to see from the air.
It was reported that the pilot of the Air Force plane, Capt. Juji Generalao said his eyes filled with tears when he saw the letters “TY” on the ground but he kept his emotions in check because he did not want to be seen crying by his female copilot.
But when he later got together with the crew, they turned out to be similarly misty-eyed and touched by the gesture of appreciation from Loon residents.
“You know that feeling when you’re very tired and hungry but they all disappeared when you saw that sign? I told myself that even if I am just an ordinary individual, I was able to do something for fellow human beings,” said Generalao.
That sums it all for those of us, who have helped in our own little way, though not expecting that such a noble gesture could be done.
Very touching, indeed.
Below are patchwork of ‘Thank You’ signs seen from Bohol.