A girl was just staring at me. A big girl. She was eating doughnut and staring at me. Then she walked up to me
“I know you! I know you very well!!” she screams even though we weren’t far in distance.
“You are that boy that borrowed my pen” she said with great excitement.
Truly, I’ve never seen this girl before.
“nice to meet you” I reply her, offering to shake her hand.
“you must be sarcastic” she says with a wide grin
“I don’t think there was any sacarsm in what I said”
“no, I don’t mean sacarsm, I mean sarcastic” she replies, starting to roll her eyes like an amateur.
I really wanted to say “so you can eat doughnut, but you don’t know book”
But thanks to my self-control. Lol
Then she told me that doughnut and that if I don’t buy, she will cry (she said these in yoruba)
I don’t know why some girls will be using tears to force me to do something. Lol.
The way she kept eating her doughnut and still talking at the same time, was making me annoyed.
When I ask a question, she will first eat and swallow before answering. Very annoying.
This girl started crying.
Ahhh, she was crying and talking in yoruba language (my native language). Her mummy came to intervene.
She told her mom that I didn’t buy doughnut, and that she’s not happy at all.
Then her mom looked at me and wasn’t happy too. She held her daughter and started going back to their shop.
I continued my walk.
I stopped and thought about it all again.
Then I just went to a nearby supermarket, bought some stuff like indomie noodles , chocolates and all these girly pink stuff.
I went back to the girl’s shop to give it to her.
As I gave the gifts to her, she started jumping up in excitement. Her mother started crying.
The girl was suffering from a mental disorder. I can’t remember the name. But this disorder makes the body to grow faster than the brain.
She looked like over 25years, but only her thinking was like 10years. She moved her hands well, no handicap, no physical disabilities, only the mental growth. I strongly believe it was Autism.
Her mother said in my langauge (yoruba) “no one has ever bought chocolate for her before. Not even her (mother)”
Then this girl was very happy and ran home with the gifts, right from her shop.
That’s the last time I saw her. This happened when I just wanted to enter the university.
Sometimes, when having conversations with people, we should be sensitive enough to predict or know what they are going through. Just be sensitive.
Now, today, make sure you make someone smile. Make sure you make at least a person to smile daily. You can do this. I believe in you❤️
This is a call to you. Let’s assist autistist individuals. Let’s volunteer our time or donate to give them better lives. Let’s use our presence and actions to impact all persons with mental health related issues.
Yes we can.
© Vincent Ehindero