Thursday, September 06, 2007

The little toddler took one step too far, not negotiating the depth of the next step on the cement stairs. He toppled, head over heels over his little feet onto the ground, pampers and all, head just slightly grazing the next step after the one he walked off.

I advanced forward with a stricken look on my face, thinking in a frenzy: AH! AH! AH! Pick him off the ground!

But before i could even touch him, a lady who just finished her exercise with her husband at the nearby canal rushed forward to lift the child back unto his feet. I didn't stop to gawk so i went on my way, but not without observing for a moment and listening in wonder and awe...

The lady had propped the little boy back onto his wobby legs and with a firm voice full of strength, assurance, safety and loving authority, she placed her right palm against his tiny chest, looked at him straight in the eye and said, "You're ok. You are fine. You. Are. Ok.". And i saw his look of confusion, shock and pain slowly ease away from his face, and sure enough, he didn't burst out wailing.

The boy wasn't even her son but you could sense that there was such a respect for other people's young and a "dutiful" love for serving someone else. You've just got to love maternal instincts. Wow.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

i went to chpt 2 yesterday. my sis is v happy with her hair, cut by this sean. she is going to intro her frends to this cute stylist. aiya y i nv have cute stylist de? but i do have a cute pt once. a fashion designer...well. have i mentioned before? but his teeth was like oh my. smoker lah

joline said...

anon:

hohohohoho... ok. you should tell him that he'll look more handsome with whiter (read: STOP smoking!) teeth. ;-P

Anonymous said...

i told him to stop smoking liao lor. part of my OHI (oral hygiene instructions). He said recently stopped liao. tat must been last yr. i wonder wich of my jnr took over this pt. cute! trendy! abit old though 30 yrs old. Well, all i remembered was his teeth is stained and tat he left without paying

Anonymous said...

i remembered so many things. I remembered all my pts there at ndc. I really dunno if they are good or bad memories. The grumpy difficult woman with polio. the young and lousy oral hygiene kid. the old and funny ah gong.the woman who hyperventilated halfway.so many memories.