Favored Grace

It started with a posting on Craigslist, the website where you can buy/sell second hand items for cheap.

I put up a Vacuum cleaner for sale there few days back. It was an old one, but worked perfectly. I put a reasonable price so that I get a buyer soon- just trying to get rid of some clutter at home.
I received just one response by email and eagerly grabbed the opportunity . It was a couple who contacted me. An American couple with kids and pets and they needed to be sure the vacuum cleaner cleans on wooden flooring as well as carpet.
I called the number and heard a soft female voice, ” Hello, this is Lina”
“Hi, I am calling about the Vacuum cleaner you were interested in ? Could you come this evening, after 6:30 PM to take a look?”
“Oh, Hi. Thank you for contacting. This evening is difficult. How about tomorrow early morning?”
“Okay. Can you come around 8:30 AM before I leave for work?”
“Sure. My husband and me will come. I will get my 2.5 year old daughter too”
“Definitely. Bring your daughter. I have a 2.5 year old daughter too” 🙂
“Nice. My daughter, she is blind. So, a little behind the milestones. But, she would be happy to meet your daughter “
“Uh….Oh, Ok. Sure”
“See you tomorrow then?”
“See you tomorrow”
The word ‘blind’ came unexpected. And, the fact that she included it in a conversation so smoothly made me feel small. I took being ‘normal’ as granted. Right after the call, I felt blessed to have a child who is able to see. I ran to Paapu and gave her an extra special kiss. I told about the couple and their daughter to the husband by the end of the day and re-iterated how we take things for granted.
The next day, at 8:30 in the morning, we had our visitors. In came a petite woman wearing jeans-Tee and  a beautiful smile. She was helping her little girl to guide with the cane. The husband walked in right next to them with a nice smile too.
I could not take my eyes off the little girl.She was wearing a little salwar kameez and did not look American at all. I had to ask –
” Your daughter is beautiful. Is she Asian?”
“Yes. She is from Bangalore, India”
” We got her from an orphange this February. She is just getting used here.I suppose you are from India too?”
“Yes,  we are. In fact, I come from a place near Bangalore”
“Wow, really? You know ka-na-da then?”
” Kannada? Yes, of course I do”
“My daughter, Ana-Swetha*, loves to hear ka-na-da. Can you speak to her in the language?”
I called out to Ana-Swetha and said “Hegidiya?” ( How are you?)
She turned in a sudden jerk and came running in my direction. I kneeled down and opened up my arms to hold her before she tripped on something.
And, then, she hugged me. 
The tightest, fondest, most wonderful of hugs I have ever got! She wrapped her legs around my waist and buried her face into my neck. I just sat down and held her…words do not describe the feeling inside me. 
After moments passed silently. I noticed a sad streak on Lina’s face , “She misses Ka-na-da. They spoke that language in her orphanage. I am trying to learn a few words actually”
I tried to talk, breaking from the strong embrace, but chocked on my own tears.Finally said, 
“Hmm. People like us only keep dreaming of doing such a thing. To adopt. You guys have actually done it. I…I feel touched. “
“Oh, Ana-Shwetha came to us really. We have an elder daughter who is from the same orphanage too. We went to bring her home and could not resist bringing Ana-Shwetha home”
She showed me a picture of her elder daughter, who was not blind, but equally beautiful and spirited.
While the husband showed them the Vacuum cleaner ( which they bought) I made Paapu and Ana-Shwetha drink their morning glass of milk together. Paapu (reluctantly) gave a toy of hers for Ana-Shwetha to take home.
It was time for them to leave and we stood at the door waving them goodbye.
But, this is not the last we’ll meet them I hope. Promises have been made to meet up again. I cannot wait to start a relationship with this wonderful family. A family that showed me there is no limits to sharing love, you only have to open your arms with it.
NOTE: Names have been partially changed to protect identity.
* Ana-Swetha : The birth name is the second half .The first half  “Ana” was added by the new family. It means “favored grace”.
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69 Responses to Favored Grace

  1. Never Mind says:

    You had me in tears. Blindness always gets me. I really hope you meet them more often to help little Ana-Swetha remember and maybe even learn Kannada ( and a little bit of her history).

  2. Sig says:

    Oh that’s beautiful. It’s funny how unexpected experiences can change our world in just a moment. Hope that you see more of her 🙂

  3. Sreelu says:

    touched, just have to be grounded and realized how blessed we are to be able to see,talk and hear basic senses working. bless their soul for brining in a daughter so wonderful.

  4. Arch says:

    this is a wonderful post to read first thing in the morning. thank you for sharing it. amazing, the ways how we meet people. truly.

  5. Aww, the poor baby. I hope she felt like she was at home in your arms 🙂

    When I lived at home, towards the end I spoke only in English and now, I miss those stupid Sun TV channels and Amma & Appa’s Tamil all the time. I speak in Tamil even to the DH, in some vague hope that he may figure it out and respond to me.

  6. Gnightgirl says:

    Breathtaking, my beautiful friend. These things do not happen from chance.

  7. Jas says:

    This is just so beautiful . Really only few people can do that.. open up arms and embrace tightly.

  8. Swaram says:

    Just reading the post, I was wishing u get to meet them again and again too 🙂
    Lovely, thanks for sharing 🙂

    The world is so small alva? 🙂

  9. Nisha says:

    I still have tears in my eyes. You are blessed to know such a family. Give them love, blessings and lotssss of good wishes.

  10. sraikh says:

    Such a wonderful family. I hope you will meet them again.

  11. vai says:

    That’s beautiful!! You were right…people like us only dream of adopting… hope you guys have a wonderful friendship together.

  12. 15infifteen says:

    Reading ur post I had to delurk… my SIL is blind.. she is financially independent and works in bangalore in a reputed bank as telephone operator.. but i know life hasnt always easy for her.. We live in UK and know for the blind there are so many ways to make life easier nowadays .. in fact the other day there was a mention in the movie that there is audio description aid for the blind so that they are included in the “normal” people and not feel left out for simple pleasures like watching a movie… it make me wonder will India ever reach this stage??

    • Hi, and thank you for delurking. The day we treat blind or any person with a physical disadvantage as capable human beings and stop looking down on them as weak and helpless is when India as a society will alleviate to the next level. I hope that day comes sooner than later.

      My hat’s off to your SIL who overcame the difficulties to prove her worth.

  13. Such a wonderful couple,May God bless them and the kids,Thanks for sharing this AHK

  14. Pepper says:

    I can’t hold back the tears at all.

  15. LF says:

    I am having tough time holding my tears, Beautiful !!

  16. chronicworrier says:

    This was moving beyond words. How wonderful that your families got to know each other. It can only be the beginning of something beautiful..

  17. R's Mom says:

    oh you got me goosebumps…I actually got a lump in my throat! Lovely

  18. Visha says:

    Heartwarming 🙂

  19. booboosmamma says:

    I am literally crying when i read your post. What a wonderful family, and what amazing people they are. Wish I could do a tenth of what they are doing.

  20. Wanderer says:

    Like many here, this made me teary eyed. I wish and hope Ana-Shwetha feels at home with her new family very soon. And I guess you’ll be eager to meet her, now that you’ve made a connection. I was always open to the concept of adoption. I can’t bear to think that certain kids/people don’t have anyone to call family. It is simply not fair.

  21. Anu says:

    OMG! I really had goosebumps just reading about that hug! Gosh! they are such generous people, I hope Ana-Shwetha gets adjusted and starts to love her new life! And I hope your association with them continues…

  22. la Vida Loca says:

    awwww 🙂

  23. swatimital says:

    Hope you keep in touch with them.

  24. Mayborn Gemini says:

    Those people have big hearts…Adopting itself is one thing, but to adopt a blind child, is just amazing..I hope the parents and Ana-Shwetha can bond quickly ..My heart goes out to that child ,even though she is with the loving parents now…to be taken away from the surroundings she knows must be quite a change for her…. But she is sooo young she will adapt quickly.
    Please do keep in touch with that family…

    • Your are very much right when you say though she has loving parents, it is still difficult being uprooted. But it has been sometime knowing her and have watched her bond so beautifully with her family. There could have been nothing better! 🙂

  25. Rani says:

    This is such a beautiful story and you are so blessed to be a part of it.
    I am so happy to see that there are people who go out of their way to adopt a child who is blind. Must be so challenging for Lina and her husband, with the language too but at the same time, so so fulfilling.
    AHK, this does not look like a chance meet. It appears, to me, like a part of a much bigger plan. Don’t give up on this relationship darling. Paapu will have a lovely friend too, not just you!

    God bless.

    • Trust me, Lina and her husband have mountains of patience and love in equal amounts for their kids.They knew what they were getting into and are giving their best. I have known them for smetime now and every single time I am in awe of their big-hearts 🙂

      You were right, Paapu found a lovely friend too 🙂

  26. DI says:

    Oh My. It feels so warm and nice to realise that there are indeed people like this. You’re right, some of us only dream of it.
    Very touching 🙂

  27. Comfy says:

    A beautiful story told with such pure emotions, that none of us can help getting touched. As you said, most of us dream about adopting but very few actually do it.
    I hope you get to meet Ana-Swetha again and can provide that sense of belonging she got on hearing the one simple word in Kannada.
    Hugs to you too darling for your pure pure heart.

    • Thanks much for such a nice comment Comfy.

      Our families are now good friends and have spent several evenings together. Ana-Reshma still gives me those breathtaking hugs, but not sure if she still feels the same way about Kannada. She is growing up in an English speaking surrounding and she seems to be moving away from her past. I still talk to her in the language though 🙂

      {{Hugs} back.

  28. u made me cry! and within seconds i envisioned the future where I saw you guys helping Ana-Swetha in accepting her new universe…forging a lovely friendship with the couple…:-)

  29. Childwoman says:

    Such beautiful post. This reminded me of my blessings. Thanks 🙂

  30. la Vida Loca says:

    Time for a new post

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  32. This post made me cry! So beautiful a gesture. I hope they stay blessed 🙂

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