Day: November 3, 2013

Rest in peace Dave Antoine. You were an inspiration to me and many others.

Among the many lessons I learnt from Dave, was this experience in teaching a blind child to smile.

One day, I was photographing him and just as I was about to snap the photo, I asked him to smile but he showed no response. He stood there like a rock with his ears on the alert. I said, “Come on Dave, smile.”

After a pensive moment, he asked quietly, “What does smile mean? What do I have to do?” I was shocked for a moment. How could I explain what a smile is to a blind child? It is something we learn automatically through observation.

I said very foolishly, “Smile, is like laughing.”

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