To Pooja for letting me experience “interconnectedness” with a simple but profound quote, “Sumathi, I am in love with the whole world!”To Krithika who asked me after I had admonished a few children for not listening to me, “Were you angry with me because you were worried about the consequences, or were you angry because we did not listen to you?”To Sandeep who has a severe speech deficit but every morning, points to the ‘sun’ and says “Sandeep, sun!”To Keerthi, who time and again reminds me how to enjoy every moment by just being present there!To Mubaraka who gave me her perspective of how contrasting I look when I am enjoying a session with her vis-à-vis when I discipline her with her comment, “Yesterday you were so small, today you are so big!”
To Samarth who everyday reminds me everyday that true communication is not only verbal with his non-verbal, soul searching look filled with divine love.
To Akanksha, who replied to a question about who she wants to become when she grows up “I want to be myself!”
To Swati who thoughtfully asked me why poor children always wore clothes that were loose for them!
To Younus, who taught me one of the aspects of Asperger’s syndrome with his comment on another Asperger’s child’s way of speaking, “Why is she talking like “National Geographic?”
To Arshad who asked me why the Governor nominates one Anglo-Indian member to the Vidhana Sabha even today!
To Aditi’s naiveté comment on “Don’t drink and drive” – “So that you don’t get susu on the way!”
To Arvind, who lets me experience immense joy through the simple action of just lifting one finger upwards!