Saturday, 9 January 2016

Scenes from a Restaurant

Wheelchair lovers (2)

The other week we were sitting at a restaurant, looking through its windows at the hustle and bustle of a busy city centre in a galaxy far far away. In between bits I noticed this big van parking right in front of the restaurant, an A Team style one.
Out came a middle aged couple, both overweight, both visibly tired and struggling a bit with the hot weather. Don't we all. Off they went.
A few minutes later they came back, with the father now pushing a boy on a wheelchair. They stopped near the back of the van as the father opened the rear door and loaded his precious cargo. Staring at the now exposed back of that van, it became clear this car is dedicated to the transportation of this disabled child.
Both parents were labouring over their child as they strapped him to the back seat, smiling, patting and talking to him all along. A few minutes later they were done. Still smiling and still sweating, they jumped over to the front seats. The woman took the wheel and, just like that, they were gone.

I could not stop thinking about this scene and its meaning. To the three people it involved this was but a trivial, forgettable, moment. To me it felt like I was in a movie depicting a family that, while struggling with the cards it had been dealt with, is still a loving and caring family.
Steven Spielberg could not have directed the scene any better.

Image by svennevenn, Creative Commons (CC BY-NC 2.0) licence

1 comment:

wile.e.coyote said...

I assume it reminded you the scene from the movie where they put BA to sleep, carry him on a wheelchair to the van and taking him to that flight he hated so much.