I saw a kid yesterday- at a store’s checkout line- was sitting in the upper part of a cart holding a toy with his left hand while his sister chatted from the floor, holding her own toy with her.
This kid then noticed me, and waved with his right hand- Smaller than his left by a noticeable margin. I was stunned for a moment even as I waved back. How did something like that even happen?
But here was this kid- not bothered by it at all. Even was using it as well as he could given the circumstances. Would use his hand to stabilize him even as he turned around to look at his sister or grin at their Grandmother (Or Aunt, maybe. But definitely older than would be expected for a mother),
So I look at this kid, probably no older than four, and there he is just sitting there, happy as could be, not a care in the world…
And I think to myself, “That Kid’s going to grow up and be someone important one day!”
I see this kid with a dominant Left Hand, and he just doesn’t care about anything but the toy he’s holding onto.
Mom hasn’t noticed- or if she has she’s not commenting on it- but she takes us over to another checkout lane as this one’s not going anywhere, but after that point, the lanes move on.
As we check out- this kid and his family gets out ahead of us- and as they’re leaving the store- the kid just waves at me one more time- same right hand.
I can’t help but to wave back at him and smile- regardless of whether he saw it or not…
So as me and Mom head for the exit, I tell her, “You know, that kid’s going to be someone important one day.”
“Why’s that?” She asks, and I realize she probably didn’t even notice the kid’s hand…
So I simply reply, “Just call it a hunch, I guess.”
And I truly believe it, even last night as I went to bed, I thought once more, “Yeah, that kid is going to grow up to be someone some day.”