Losing a parent, be it a mother or a father can have a calamitous effect throughout a child’s life. A mother is the most important and precious part of a child’s life. I think that a mother’s profession is the most selfless one. She is the one who spends sleepless nights to make sure that she fulfills her child’s needs. She is the center of her child’s world. And if this center falls apart then his world gets disrupted. If the most caring and loving person leaves the child behind, that too at a very young age, then it becomes very difficult for the child to cope up with the emotional trauma as well as his/her day to day living.
A little girls heart
This is something that happened to 11-year-old Isabella Pieri and her bus driver Tracey Dean understood it all too well and empathized with her. Little Isabella’s mother passed two years ago. She lost the long-fought battle against her fatal illness. She passed away when Isabella was just 9 years old, an age when several things remain yet to be learned. Philip Pieri, Isabella’s father, took up his daughter’s responsibility. But there were certain things which he could not do and neither could Isabella. One of them was her hair.
Philip Pieri told in an interview that due Isabella’s tangled hair he found it very difficult to do her braid. After a while, Isabella took the charge of her day to day morning routine as her father used to leave for work early. But it was not an easy task for the little kid as well. She was unable to make a perfect ponytail like that of her classmates.
One day Isabella saw her school bus driver, Tracey, braiding and fixing one of her classmate’s hairs. So Isabella summed up all her courage and went to Tracey and asked her help in fixing her hair. From that day onwards Tracey made it a point to braid Isabella’s hair every morning. This elated the little elf and revived her courage. Her teachers and even her father noticed a positive change in Isabella’s behavior. She told in an interview that Tracey seems like her mother as she never hesitated to help her.
Finding light at the end of the tunnel
Tracey on the other had her own story of loss to tell. She was diagnosed with breast cancer some years ago. And all that time, there was one thing that panicked her the most, the thought her children being left alone with nobody to take care of them. But years later when she overcame her illness, and the tender-hearted woman made it a point to help out every kid that she drives to school to the best of her capabilities. She started treating them like her own kids. It became a source of inspiration for her.
Empathy is the greatest and the most powerful emotion of all. It’s like “putting yourself in someone else’s shoes.” Tracey’s empathy for Isabella led to the renewal of her courage. Isabella found the vacuum that her mother’s absence left in her life, fulfilled, even though temporarily. These two downhearted people came together to love and support each other and uplifting one another. The thought of losing a mother terrifies her children and in the same way, the thought of leaving behind her children in this harsh world hassles a mother.
Living in this harsh world we are very often forced to question our ethics and wonder if humanity is left at all. Sometimes an act of kindness restores our faith in humanity. Tracey and Isabella’s story is a testimony to the fact that Humanity is not dead yet. This was the nicest thing that Tracey could do for the 11-year-old, of becoming her mother figure when she felt the need for it. She did her service sincerely and selflessly. Albert Einstein once told that “adversity introduces a man to himself.” Stepping up in the moments of crisis is the best thing a human being can do.