Yet, on the day of her funeral, Basco walked into the La Paz Faith Memorial and Spiritual Center to a storm of applause and a procession of people wanting to hug him. The building was at capacity with 400 mourners. Outside, another 700 waited in nearly 100-degree heat to pay respects, according to funeral organizers. He spent two hours shaking hands and embracing people who had come to pay their respects and offer support. People came from different faiths and no faiths, from large cities and small towns. Flower arrangements were sent from as far away as Japan and New Zealand.
On the occasions when Basco looks back at that time in his life he will, of course, be saddened by the death of his wife but he will also be gladdened because 700 strangers showed up. Joy can be awakened when there is absolutely no reason.