Day before yesterday, Appa and I took you to your millionth doctor visit thanks to the never ending cough and cold you have…while coming back, we thought we would pick up R Akka from the daycare. Since we were a bit early, RD suggested taking a short walk from the main road to her daycare, so that you could get some fresh air as well.
As we were walking, we saw an autistic child who must be about 15-16 years old walking with her father. Her father was holding her hand and she was walking looking at the road. Just then she saw you in my arms and her face broke into a smile.
She looked at you and you looked at her. And then you gave her a grin. She got super excited and came to us. RD was a little behind me. I said hello to her.
Her father tightened the grip around her hand, but she came towards us. She looked at you and lay her hand gently on your cheeks. You continued to smile.
Her father looked at me hesitantly, as if wondering if I would object to it. I didnt. Her father told her not to touch the baby but love her from a distance. She didnt pay heed.
Haallooooo she told you. You went heeeeeeeeeeeeeee. This made her very happy. So she pulled you from my arms for a kiss. Her father now was really worried. I gestured to him to let her be. Appa was watching all this from a distance.
She gave you a kiss on your cheek. You gurgled back and touched her on her cheeks as well. Chotu baby cute hai, she declared to me. Thank you I said. Welcome she said, and caught her father’s hand and said okay bye bye.
I said bye bye and you gurgled again. She walked away with her father, whose eyes were thanking me silently. I smiled back. She turned around and waved to you and me and turned to her father and said ‘Chotu baby cute hai’
The whole interaction didnt take more than a few minutes, but what I learnt was that we have a mental block against any kid who is physically or mentally challenged. They are as innocent as they come, and they are smart enough to realise how to behave. I am so thankful to my parents who taught me to treat everyone with respect and love.
What I also realised that only when we grow older do we start having prejudices in life. Look at you. You didnt care two hoots about the girl’s appearance or physical features. What you cared about was about the abundant love she showed towards you.
I am writing this post to let you know that you have been much loved by folks everywhere. Whenever you feel low in life and want a boost, come back to Amma’s blog and read this post and know that you are much loved after all 🙂