I'm currently writing my blog from my cottage in the Drakensberg, Champagne Valley, Kwa-Zulu Natal; South Africa
Monday, April 15, 2013
Thanks to all who visited my blog on Thursday when I posted about the little blind boy in town. If you'd like to read it, please click here . You all understood and had empathy for the little boy. But two readers actuallyput into words what I didn't manage to do! I've highlighted the words that hit the nail on the head.
You never disappoint me Jo. You care and do something to help the people
around you. We none of us know what this little person's life lesson
is, but whatever it is, helping him to recognize the world and his
surroundings now, may lead to many good things in the future. I'm in
with the prayers.
Dear Jo, thank you for posting this story about little Baraka. I am so
touched by his story and by the love you and Amanda have shown to him.
poor child sounds like he is suffering from sensory overload, what with
the blaring television and all the people coming and going, and no
help to make sense of everything going on around him. Thank God for
his grandmother and now for you, Amanda and Linda. I'm sure Baraka will
be doing much better if he has this chance to learn. I will certainly
keep him and his family in my prayers. Love and hugs. xx
Thanks, Arija, I was trying to say exactly what you worded so perfectly. And, Penny, yes, theterm "sensory overload" is one I wracked my brains to remember; you came up with it. Thank you!
Instead of waiting for Tuesday, Amanda took Linda to the child's house on Friday. She also phoned Janet and asked her ensure that Baraka's mother is at home when they arrive.
She says when they arrived, the first thing that struck her was the silence. The television had been turned off! Halleluiah! The next thing that gave her great pleasure, was that Baraka was sitting quietly on the sofa. His mother was sitting beside him. As Amanda arrived, Baraka jumped off the chair and walked towards her. He grabbed her hand and kissed it.
After they'd all sat down (with Baraka standing quietly between Amanda's knees - unbelievable) Amanda introduced Linda to the mother and between the three women they made arrangements to help the little boy. Linda is going to buy Swahili pacers/readers from Shinyanga and will read to Baraka. Meanwhile, she's researching via the Internet exactly what is available at the Institute for the Blind in Pretoria, South Africa. If there is suitable material available, Amanda collect it when she is in SA later this week.
My son, Angus read the post and suggested that once the little boy is settled and has mastered the mouth organ, we should buy him a guitar. It's a well-known fact that people who are visually impaired, make excellent musicians.
One of my favorite opera singers is Andrea Bocelli. He became blind at 12, after a football accident. He grew up exposed to [opera] music because it calmed him down. He needs no introduction, but I just love his duet with Sarah Brightman - "Time to say goodbye" - and have uploaded it here.
So thanks to everyone who's offered up prayers and encouragement for little Baraka and his carers.
I wish you all a wonderful week again. (It's stopped raining here, yay!)