In the midst of a very uncivil political war, a portrait of humanity’s beauty, painted by two of humanity’s less fortunate, offers Americans an opportunity to step back and take a breath.
Lynette Scribner witnessed an encounter between a 15-year-old dyslexic girl named Clara and an elderly, bearded man named Tim, who is both blind and deaf. It took place last week during an Alaska Airlines flight.
Scribner first noticed Tim at "Boston's Logan airport with the sister he'd been visiting," and "observed her signing into his hand for him to feel her words," she posted to her Facebook page.
The problem became one of how the flight attendants could communicate with someone who could neither see nor hear. The eventually asked if anyone on board knew sign language. "That's when this lovely young woman came into the picture," Scribner wrote of Clara. "15 years old, she learned ASL because she had dyslexia and it was the easiest foreign language for her to learn."
Tim and Clara remained together for the rest of the flight, where she made sure Tim’s needs were taken care of.
"It was fascinating to watch as she signed one letter at a time into his hand. He was able to 'read' her signing and they carried on an animated conversation. When he asked her if she was pretty, she blushed and laughed as the seat mate, who had learned a few signs, communicated an enthusiastic yes to Tim."
Scribner reported that the passengers seated near Tim and Clara were delighted and fascinated with the lively conversation taking place between the two.
"It was a beautiful reminder, in this time of too much awfulness, that there are still good, good people who are willing to look out for each other,” she wrote. "We are all starving for good news and this was just what we needed."
Scribner’s story was later picked up by View From The Wing, an online travel publication.
Recall these recent events — many during the week Clara looked afrwe Tim — and you’ll see what Scribner meant when she said it “was just what we needed.”
Comedian Seth Rogen blasted and humiliated U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan in front of the Wisconsin Republican’s children — and bragged about it later on national TV.
A Virginia restaurant owner told White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave her establishment, because she had "certain standards . . . to uphold."
Similarly, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was loudly confronted at a Mexican restaurant by protesters chanting, "Shame, shame . . . If kids don't eat in peace, you don't eat in peace!"
Protesters screamed at Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi exiting a Tampa movie theater as they followed her to her car.
Amazon employees demanded that their employer cut all business dealings with companies connected to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) because of President Donald Trump’s "no tolerance" policy to U.S. immigration law.
"Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon, who’s running for New York state governor, called ICE a "terrorist organization."
A Florida man threatened the children of Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., over the Trump administration’s immigration policy, stating, "I'm going to find the congressman's kids and kill them."
New York Times columnist Charles Blow, comedienne Kathy Griffin, and gun control activist Shannon Watts attacked President Donald Trump for meeting with "Angel Families" — families of those slain by illegal immigrants. Watts thought the meeting "weird."
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said rather than work with Republicans to fix immigration, Democrats want to keep the focus on Trump.
A-list actor Robert De Niro demonstrated how far Hollywood had fallen when he brought a room of its “elite” to their feet in a standing ovation with two words denigrating his president, "F**k Trump!"
Actor Peter Fonda suggested 12-year-old Barron Trump be ripped "from his mother's arms and put . . . in a cage with pedophiles."
Comedian and HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher recently said he’s "hoping for" a massive economic crash in order to "get rid of Trump."
These are just a few examples of many.
"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act," wrote novelist George Orwell in "1984."
Similarly, in a time of universal rage, an act of kindness becomes a thing of indescribable beauty — and it has never been more needed than now.
Commenting on Clara’s act of kindness, author, columnist and pundit Michelle Malkin observed, "Goodness and beauty are everywhere if you just stop and look."
While unquestionably true in the abstract, in practice you sometimes have to look really, really hard.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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