Along with the rest of the world, I am giving thanks that each of the 33 Chilean miners were freed from their confinement underground for more than two months. This is a story with many heroes and it is to many people’s great credit that these men survived this ordeal. The Guardian has a slide show of each of the miners, their role underground and their immediate reaction upon returning to the earth’s surface. Click here to view.
As I lay in bed last night, listening to the BBC’s coverage, I was in tears hearing the story of Mario Sepúlveda, the second miner to come to the surface. He brought with him small pebbles from the cave as presents for his wife, the President of Chile and some of the rescuers. What an extraordinary person he must be to think of others at such a time.
Small gestures can be enormous.