I didn't really expect my little one to understand what I was trying to tell him when I related the story of the victims of the typhoon that just hit the Philippines. I told him "Little boys and girls, babies, their moms and dads, lolos and lolas, have no homes because it rained very hard. Manila became a very big swimming pool where their houses, cars, toys, food and everything where drowned. (Ka)wawa naman sila ano?" After a thoughtful silence, the little one said, "Yes." And then I asked him, "Would you like to help them?" Again he said, "yes." "What would you do to help them?" After a pause for just a fraction of a second, he said, "I will get my lazo, and then catch the rain, then the rain will stop." "And then?" I asked. "And then the kids and their mummies and daddies and lolos and lolas will have a home and they can sleep. Then the rainbow will come." I asked, rather curiously, because I had no idea where he got all these, " Why will the rainbow come?" He answered matter-of-fact-ly, "So that there will be no more rain."
If a boy like my little one can hope for better things, so can I. So can we.
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