In the Wink of an Eye
Lewis Frost

  

About ten years ago when I was an undergraduate in college, I was working as an intern at my University's Museum of Natural History.  One day while working at the cash register in the gift shop, I saw an elderly couple come in with a little girl in a wheelchair.

As I looked closer at this girl, I saw that she was kind of perched on her chair.  I then realized she had no arms or legs, just a head, neck and torso.  She was wearing a little white dress with red polka dots.

As the couple wheeled her up to me I was looking down at the register.  I turned my head toward the girl and gave her a wink.  As I took the money from her grandparents, I looked back at the girl, who was giving me the cutest, largest smile I have ever seen.  All of a sudden her handicap was gone and all I saw was this beautiful girl, whose smile just melted me and almost instantly gave me a completely new sense of what life is all about.  She took me from a poor, unhappy college student and brought me into her world:  a world of smiles, love and warmth.

That was ten years ago.  I'm a successful business person now and whenever I get down and think about the troubles of the world, I think about that little girl and the remarkable lesson about life that she taught me.

  
  


 
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