It was by sheer chance that I witnessed a wonderful sight on a busy road which took me back in time. A school van, a regular feature that one encounters while driving to the workplace. But that day, this ordinary school van laughed at me in a sarcastic manner. I saw this van transporting these beautiful special children to their school. What struck me was their smiles and their unassuming mannerism. Not a single child was showcasing their expensive things, neither had they carved a group among themselves. It was like each child in its little way was trying to make the other happy and comfortable. There was no monitor, no teacher who was trying to silence this fun-filled chaos. And when the van arrived at her destination, they all, one by one, stumbled out of the van, albeit with a little help, in a single column, without any haste and antics walked the remaining twenty meters to the school gate. Out of curiosity, I went to meet the principal of the school. After a small conversation, he took me around the classroom. The sight was truly amazing. No child was clamouring over the other. There was noise but the sound was pleasing to ears. Some children strutting up and down with a book, others merrily laughing at his antics. The laughter was truly infectious. The teachers too mingled with them shedding all inhibitions. The teachers had finally discovered the child in them which otherwise had been repressed in their adult frame. The school annual day function photographs were a sight to behold. The joy on the faces of the parents watching their child perform, no words can describe. This expression of happiness was not limited to their child alone but was for all those present.
Is there a lesson to be learnt in this brief episode! Yes, very much. We, who see ourselves as normal have since our childhood built walls around us. Whom should we talk, whom to interact. Not to mention jealousy at each stage. Be it an annual day function or the workplace at a later phase, we exist merely to outdo the other. A child is nothing but a reflection of thoughts of elders, both at home and at school. And from the word go, we have been told to out perform.
The one thing that matters in life is Happiness. Parents need to be a constant companion, spend some quality time with the child. Parents of these special children ensure one thing and that is to take them out for a stroll. But in our case it is mostly the maid or a caretaker who does this important function. We need to take some time out of our schedule to attend to our children emotional needs. The world would definitely be a better place with these humble beginnings.