Morrisville, NC. ISKCON rath-yatra.
“Thank you for helping me.”, her words oozed with gratitude. “You don’t have to say it so many times”, I said. She laughed. And that one smile made me and my problems tinier than ever.
I was giving people directions for parking slots and that’s when I saw a woman trying to get the wheelchair out of her car’s trunk. I sensed she needed help. I walked fast towards her and asked if she needed help. “Yes, Can you please take the wheelchair and the stroller out of the trunk? Thank you so much!”. I got everything out and proceeded to see who needed the wheelchair. A young school going girl was struggling to get her right leg out. She had apparently gone through a surgery and had a cylindrical structure around her leg with metal rods inserted into the bones. I didn’t know how to make her struggle less painful and did whatever I could to settle her in the wheelchair comfortably.
As I carried her towards the venue, she started the series of “thank you”.
“You don’t have to say it so many times!”.
“No, my mom is pregnant. She has to do so many things for us in this condition. You are helping us, I am so thankful to you.”
“No problem, should I drop you there in the shade?”
“Yeah that would be good!”
“Ohh I am sorry!” I struggled to get the wheelchair smoothly across a water pipe.
Another volunteer helped me to lift the wheelchair and place it across.
“What happened to your leg?” I asked hesitantly, anyway.
“It was a birth condition, I got it operated last month. It’s not even a month. I have to keep it this way for another 6 months.”
“Ohh…. Don’t worry, time will fly faster than you think.” I didn’t know what to say.
“Yeah, but it pains so much. And this weighs five pounds. It’s even difficult to lift the leg with it.”
She was frustrated, agonized. But she was strong.
I was thinking of what to say next and that’s when her mother arrived. “Thank you so much, god bless you”.
“No problem mam, take care, I will take your leave now.”
The girl was not smiling, but she had great courage. People live with tremendous problems showing great determination. The more we see, the more we realize, we are tiny creatures taking our problems too seriously.