Just caught the movie The Blind Side starring Sandra Bullock as Leigh Anne Tuohy, a super rich woman having the heart to help the less fortunate kids in Memphis and in this case Michael Oher. Leigh Anne noticed that Michael then had no home to stay, she took him in, bought him a bed which he never had before in his life, bought him clothes for a 6’5″ giant, and accepted him as part of her family. the she noticed he has exceptional skills for sports and hence got him into Briarcrest Christian School, got him into the football team, then sports scholarship to play for University of Mississippi and last August, he was drafted as an Offensive Tackle for the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL.
There are just too many things to learn from such a movie. An excellent movie title as well. The Blind Side not only talks in American Football terms but also in us, as a living person. We have our blind sides as well and we always fail to look at how others are doing… it’s always about US. “I don’t have time for this, that, etc….” Sounds familiar? I used to say that all the time until sometime in 2008, I took a step back to find myself again and to reflect on life. We are always occupied with our own things and we do not even bother to look at how others are struggling with their lives… In this context, orphans.
This movie displays the unconditional love and compassion that Leigh Anne showered on Michael that moved me so much inside. It proves one thing that these orphans, normal or handicap ones, may have some talents in them which we need to take the time to discover. An autistic kid may be excellent in math or science and another retarded kid may have a heart of gold which he/she may even influence those around him/her. And upon discovering these qualities or even their characters, you might even discover something which you’ll never experience on your own. Like what Sandra said in the movie in response to a question on how Michael has changed since she took him in. She replied:”It’s him that changed me.” I teared after that… on top of other moving moments.
How true… Often than not, we take for granted for many things in our lives from the simplest of things from a bed to sleep on or food to eat, not to mention a roof over our heads. There are kids out there in shelters, homes and orphanages who are hoping for that little ray of light that their parents might come by one day to visit them, not to even hope for taking them back home. I was reading an article by a lady who visited a home in Ipoh with her daughter (which we will be visiting as well) and she chanced upon a little girl. So she asked the girl what does she want for her birthday, the little girl replied:”Mummy”… If I was there then, I would have cried badly. These kids are so innocent and they have been let down by their own parents already and what we can do is to help within our means to let them know there are people out there like Leigh Anne, who really cares unconditionally.
After watching the movie and writing this blog, reaffirmed my initial intention and vision to start Care Givers Group. I share this pride with the committee members and members who have contributed in any way and sharing the same dream as I do in bringing joy & hope to the less fortunate kids in Asia. And may CGG continue this vision for years to come. Thank you y’all.