After a few hours of wandering on the high street, and peeping into the shops through the glass, Tina decided to step into the charity shop along the end of the road. Though she never bought items from the charity shop she was always curious to know what these shops sold and who bought these goods. Pretending to be a customer, she enjoyed watching the transactions in that shop.
But today as she walked in, she wasn’t aware that she was going to witness an unusual incident that took place in that local charity shop on an ordinary bright sunny day. That incident was powerful enough that she learnt so much in a couple of movements related to habits and raising children, which would otherwise take years to experiment, understand and learn about young minds. This trip to the charity shop turned out to a concealed lesson about respecting belonging and taking care, teaching them what it means to be a blessed child.
As Tina walked in, her attention was seized by a pair of pink stilettos displayed on a glass shelf, shining bright at the thrust. This pair of stilettos looked like a dagger with a long slender blade and needle like point. The sunlight through the window was gleaming, the heels were just the perfect balance between femininity and practicality. They looked so neat and tidy she doubted if they were owned by someone else before reaching this shelf at the charity shop.
The metal wind chimes hung at the charity shop and made a sweet melodious swirling sound each time the door of the charity shop was pushed open. Tina turned around to see who was it? Who had interrupted her gaze with their presence? As she looked around she found a woman neatly dressed in black and white stripy high neck top and black denims, with high tugged buckled boots. Along her she was grabbing the hands of a little girl wearing two pony tails. Two pink ribbons orderly tied her slightly curled hair. The little girl seems to be anxious and worried in some way and expressing unhappiness through reluctance to walk along the woman.
Tina wondered what seems to be the matter with these two strangers. They had something peculiar about themselves.
The woman walks in the shop and heads straight towards the store manager.
“Hello, we are here to donate this toy that belongs to this little girl here.’’ said, the woman in a crisp voice.
Tina went closer to see and understand clearly what was the matter? In many cases people donate at the charity shop by simply dropping their unwanted belongings at the corner of the shop and get along with their jobs. But this woman seemed to have a story. She had a reason behind her actions.
The toy was doctor set. It was a red wooden box, in absolute good condition and it didn’t seem that the little girl had outgrown the toy or lost interest in this pretty little plaything. Her eyes look fearful and panicky and her gestures expressed that she didn’t wanted to get rid of this precious little belonging of hers.
‘’This little girl is donating this doctor set to the charity shop’’
“And she also going to tell you the reason, why she is giving away this toy’’ exclaimed the woman.
“Go on Lily tell the lady at the counter, she is waiting!” commanded the lady looking straight into the eyes of the little girl.
She waited for her to speak.
‘’I, I …” groaned the little girl.
The woman interrupted and started to speak completing what the little girl had to say.
“Yeah, say it. I am donating this doctor set, because another child who is more caring and respectful of their belongings must have it, instead of Lily.”
The little girl grumbled a little more, she looked towards the woman with a plea of regret in her tearful eyes. Her glace meet with the stiff and stern look in the woman’s eyes. The woman handed the doctor set to the store manager. She did not speak another word. And they marched out of the charity shop in haste.
Tina, stood motionless as she watched the toy being given away and the woman walk of the charity shop. She certainly knew why they have donated the doctor set, but she wasn’t sure if the temperament displayed by the woman was going to have any positive effect in shaping the personality of the young child? What will be the little girl’s take away from this incident? As today she has lost one of her valuable belongings.
Tina, trying to comprehend all that had happened made her way out of the charity shop. The gleaming charm of the stilettos couldn’t hold her any more. She was much occupied with the thought of the little girl.
As she walked back home this experience made her realize the significance of being precise in actions when dealing with children. The scenes of the episode at the charity shop were clear and vivid in her memory.
‘’you must do the things, you think you cannot.’’ echoed in her mind.
Soon Tina she realized she had reached the black gate of her apartment, she unlocked it and made her way up to the building, she wished the little girl recovers from her loss and agony. She hoped she will be able to understand why she had to depart with the red wooden doctor set, ahead of time.