This heart touching incident happened 2-3 weeks back.
I had my first year university exam on that day. Got in to a bus from Thrissur to my college. I took a side seat, which I always prefer and was observing everything that I could see through the window. A heavy rain was shot unexpectedly so that I'd to close my window and gave in to the frightening thoughts of exam That day I had Mechanics paper .
Just after some time a lady got in to the bus with a small girl. She may be 4 or 5. She looked so smart and cute. Let us call her Ammu. They took the seat next to me, which was the only one unoccupied. I think Ammu was not in a good mood, as she started fighting with her mother. She wanted to sit in the front seat . She wailed so loudly that everybody in the bus had a notice over her. Her attack was offered even to me !! But, I love her. Really, she looked so innocent, with that bobbed hair and all.
After Ammu became calm, I'd a friendly talk with that lady. I was shocked to hear from her that the kid is a mentally challenged girl. She is studying in a special training school. That mother explained me about the school and the children there.From her talk, I could make it -- Ammu has enough IQ (Doctors told this), but she is not able to communicate with others. Can identify things, but cant reproduce her feelings and thoughts. She is not able to play with other children of her own age. She told ( with all her feelings in those words ) that no doctors and no tests could diagnose the actual problem with her child. Since the child's IQ level is ok, no medicines can be given.
The only thing which will help is to talk with Ammu more and more making her know how to communicate and reply. She told the girl has improved a lot with in the last 1 year, during which she spent most of her time in school.
As the time for me to leave the bus came, I called Ammu, to which she had no response. Then I touched her face and said 'bye', waving my hands. To my surprise, she waved me back and had a sunny smile on her face. That smile could even sweep away my fear for exam (Even though, the paper was very tough :) ).
That mother's words were not that emotional. She didnt curse her fate. May be because she got accustommed to her present condition. But, I could feel her intense love for her child (all mothers are alike !! ). She is longing, expecting and working sincerely to make her child capable of joining in an ordinary school, playing with many friends etc.
Let us hope that will happen in another 3 or 4 years.
Now, I'm thinking how blessed / lucky ( meant for atheists) we all are. Right ??