Eyes That See

Unbelievably, it had happened again. There was another crying and hungry baby who was left all alone in a stranger’s room. Miriam saw her right away. She always saw them first. Her pale blue milky eyes rested on this child. By now she was resigned, but not bitter, to the fact that there simply were folks in this world who were just too lazy to care for one of their own. Most of the others, she felt certain, loved their babies with all their heart, but were just too poor to feed them. They felt safe leaving their precious baby in Miriam’s hands because she had always cared for those who were helpless.

She knew this one was going to be hungry and thirsty and she anxiously looked about the room for her ‘baby getter’. Oh! Thank goodness, there she was! She watched as her ‘baby getter’ picked up this little one and carried her over to Miriam’s already cradled arms. Moments later a bottle appears, the ‘baby getter’ always brought her a bottle as well.

I watched this dance between the ‘baby getter’ and the ‘baby caretaker’ from across the room. I was completely drawn to them and wasn’t sure why. As I stood there, dumbly thinking, Miriam lifted her head and her blue eyes beckoned me. Apparently she wanted to tell me something. I walked over to her and leaned over to see her latest baby. As I was uttering my predictable baby noises,she took my hand in hers and said,

“If you leave a baby all alone they will come and take your baby away from you. If you would like me to, I will take care of your baby until you can.”

I was speechless. I had never heard her speak before, but it wasn’t only her voice that left me mute. It was her eyes that left me wordless. “Whose mind,” I wondered, “would be considered sound by the world’s standards? Mine? Or hers?” Her vision was far better than mine as well. She, with her milky eyes, saw what I could not. Her eyes and heart were inextricably linked. The nerves that connect the two runs right past that sand trap we call a ‘sound’ mind. The test of a truly sound mind seems to rely only on it’s ability to delay our better self long enough to convince it that kindness is an extravagance reserved only for fools.

Of what use is a sound mind to a heart that’s pure as gold?

Karen Helgesen

Eyes That See

Karen  Helgesen

Joined February 2008

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