I sat at their table writing to my then penpal from the US when a newsflash about a guy who got shot at the airport. I recall my parents’ and grandparents’ reactions were of total shock. I suppose sort of like the reactions the Americans had when the planes hit the World Trade Center in 2001.
Anyway, since I’m not much of a political person, I don’t know much of the story of Ninoy (aside from well known facts like he was the dad of Kris, husband of Tita Cory, and well, from the same fraternity as Marcos). Well, at least not until history class (again, it’s not much of my favorite subject so I didn’t listen much).
Fast forward to today.
A few weeks ago, a friend of mine sent me a link to a website called www.iamninoy.com. And still, I don’t know Ninoy that much. It’s not like it’s such a big deal to me that “he died for our country” (it doesn’t affect me much, not the fact that Jose Rizal did…sorry, again, I’m not a history buff), but what really struck me about that campaign is their tagline– “there is a hero in all of us”.
While I haven’t decided if Ninoy is or is not a hero, I do believe in the campaign. Someone once told me that if we all do our little good things in our little way, we will help our country little by little.
This is why I advocate Attachment Parenting. This is why I tear up when I talk about wanting my country to be great again. This is why I believe it starts at home. This is why I am so glad to see more parents who are able to participate more in the “raising the kids” process than just letting one parent do it.
And if only for this campaign, even though I don’t really (Tito) Ninoy Aquino, I am ninoy. We all have our heroes in our daily lives to thank for making our world a better place to live in. Let them inspire you to be a hero too.