March 2, 2008

Under His Umbrella

Filed under: Doodles, Blabs and Rants — didee @ 10:31 pm

The other day i got out early from work. Six on the dot and I was waiting for the shuttle bus from our office to take me to the nearest train station. When I got to the metro there were still empty seats, which is quite surprising considering that it’s the rush hour.

When I alight at my intended stop, big heavy rain suddenly came pouring. So I took off my not that thick of a jacket, and used it to cover my head as I walk towards the bus stop. I have a feeling I’m gonna be soaked before I reached home. And just then a lady shared her umbrella with me. I keep on saying thank you again and again, she started laughing. She said in her broken English, “I’m sure you’re gonna do the same thing for someone else”.

We shared a quiet understanding from our short exchange while she shared her umbrella with me, as we walked towards the bus stop under the heavy falling rain.

I got on my bus and smiled as I watched the rain cleansing everything else around me. Heaven has it’s ways of talking volumes without that much exchange of words.

I got to my stop and walked towards our place with my jacket over my head. And then another person offered to share an umbrella with me. I just shook my head thinking what are the odds of that. It warms ones heart to receive such kindness, considering that I am a foreigner in this place.

These two special strangers made my day. And I was reminded of how many times have I told myself to be faithful in my “one good deed a day”. For sure a lot of people have thought about it, and I’m pretty sure it’s often forgotten especially with the busy life and so many attention grabbing things happening around, clamoring for a whatever time it can take from us.

Just a small good deed for someone each day, it may not make much of a difference in their lives, but it will make a difference in mine. Like what the lady who shared her umbrella with me said, “I am sure you’re gonna do the same for someone else”.



  1. just pay it forward. =) i missed reading you.

    Comment by konsuy — March 3, 2008 @ 12:26 am

  2. Hi CHi… exactly .. 🙂 i hope I can also pay forward to others the sweetness and sincerity you’ve shown me 🙂

    march na… will be seeing you soon 🙂

    Comment by didee — March 3, 2008 @ 2:04 am

  3. this is so inspiring. yes, the world would definitely be a better place if all of us would just pay it forward. 🙂 you don’t write as often na oi. haha. pressure! :p

    Comment by Alveel Kaith — March 3, 2008 @ 2:13 pm

  4. Pretty kaith! hehehe… ayay ka.. pressured ko dah .. cge mag yawyaw nya ko everyday sa blog nako hehe 🙂

    It is really inspiring , sometimes all we need is to be open to things around us, and it will tell us so many stories.

    Comment by didee — March 3, 2008 @ 9:49 pm

  5. hi dee.. strangers can sometimes surprise us with kindness.
    yehey update siya.

    Comment by isza — March 4, 2008 @ 12:08 pm

  6. you know… when i rode the train to himeji last last week, it was full and i was left standing with a bunch of other people. in one of the stops an elderly lady, perhaps in her late 60s, came in. there were no vacant seats left, a young girl about 6 or 7, promptly stood up without saying anything. i immediately gestured the elderly lady to take the seat. amazing how even the youngest of us can have such social awareness. given that type of situation, i think its pretty rare to find a child who could think of that, seeing how much children are selfish, not by choice but because they don’t know any better.

    frankly, that scene moved me to tears lol. XD

    Comment by Seleria — March 4, 2008 @ 6:09 pm

  7. Hi Aby, it’s the same here… at least it’s almost a common practice here to give your seat to aunties and uncles (not so young ones), pregnant women, women with their babies/kids… actually talo pa ang pinoy with this. It’s a “custom” followed not only by the locals but even the foreigners. 🙂

    thanks for the visit =D. Tugnaw nihon?

    Comment by didee — March 4, 2008 @ 10:08 pm

  8. Hello Achi D (may I call you that? hehe)! Anyway, yeah bugnaw siya hehehe in fairness, as low as -2 degrees Celsius. Hmmm… what I meant was that the 6 or 7 year old girl offered her seat without being told hehehe, na amaze lang ko coz she knew what to do at the time. No one was coaching her or telling her that she should offer her seat, she just did.

    Naimagine lang nako when I was a kid kay murag dili ko kaisip buhatun to hehe maybe it’s just me. hahaha

    Comment by Seleria — March 4, 2008 @ 11:13 pm

  9. hahah yes dear, you may call me that 🙂

    ngeks… katugnaw man diay … it was also a cold February last time i was there. 🙂

    hahaha i got what u mean, makatouch jud na , no wonder you were misty-eyed when you saw the young kid offering her seat for the elderly.

    I also saw that here. And you’ll know their parents brought them up well. But I also remember one kid laughing his ass off when nawala ako balance sa bus… as in bahakhak siya ug katawa… he was so cute that I ended up laughing with him .. heeheh 🙂

    Comment by didee — March 5, 2008 @ 1:34 am

  10. you are truly blessed! hehehe
    everywhere you go andun SYA ba. even on the taxi on your way to work. take care boks!

    Comment by sunjun — March 11, 2008 @ 5:54 am

  11. bOks!

    update na your blog.. im eager to hear what’s been happening with you. You look happy dah.. in love mn gud hehehehe 😀

    Comment by didee — March 14, 2008 @ 3:32 pm

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