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Our topic in Science today was “Sources of Energy”. So I discussed renewable and nonrenewable sources etcetera and of course why it’s important to conserve energy.
To end the subject, I told them to close their eyes. “Okay, isipin niyo Pasko. Maraming makukulay na ilaw. Masasaya ang mga tao at punung-puno ng enerhiya ang buong mundo.”
“Ikaw, nakapasa ka na ng grade 3 at ng college kasi nag-aral ka ng mabuti! Nagsumikap ka hanggang sa nakakuha ka ng mga gusto mo.”
“May narinig kang mga sigaw sa labas…”
“Tiningnan mo. May mga nasusunog. Wala ng puno. Madilim.”
I paused for effect. It was at this time when everybody really had closed eyes.
“Naiyak ka. Nakahanap ka ng mga tao. Naisip niyo na marahil, ito ang magiging epekto kung hindi tayo marunong gumamit ng enerhiya ng mabuti. May masasayang…”
“Naisip niyo na magtanim ng puno…”
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“Lahat kayo nagtanim. At bagamat natagalan ang pagbangon… Kahit papano, nagkaroon ng liwanag.”
Again, I paused for effect.
“Okay, buksan na yung mata.”
Of course there were reactions like “na-miss ko ang liwanag”, some didn’t take it seriously etcetera. I was about to process the activity when they told me Reinier, the fifth student I visited, was crying.
I asked if someone bullied him, but no one had an idea.
I went to him and asked, “Bakit ka umiiyak Reinier?”
After a few seconds, he answered, “Natatakot po ako.”
I admired him for telling the truth, so I told the class my experience with the same activity. I told them that I nearly cried, not because of what I imagined but because I knew that someday, it would happen.
Surprisingly, before dismissal, he hugged me tight.