You probably haven't noticed, but I tend to be a cynic. Maybe it's because I live in a pretty densely populated part of the country and work in a city where the people are packed in like rats. I mean, your chances of running into one or twenty douchebags on a regular basis increases exponentially with that many people running around, right?
That being said, every once in a while, I come across someone or something that makes me wipe the cynicism from my eyes and really look around and suddenly my faith in humanity is restored.
I honestly don't remember how I stumbled upon this video but I'm assuming I saw it on Reddit, since I spend an appalling amount of time lurking over there.
It's a beautiful video. It might have made me cry a little. An 8 year old blind autistic boy is captivated with the music of a street busker.
I honestly don't know who is more awesome in this video - the young boy, the musician or the parents. Probably all of them. I have to admit, the moment that the mom asked if the kid could touch his guitar and the musician nodded enthusiastically kind of clinched it for me.
As most of you know, music plays a huge part in my life and I love how it brings together random strangers in this video, especially the child. I can't imagine what it's like having children, much less a child with autism. I hear so many stories of kids with autism who are unable to communicate outside of themselves. My heart goes out to the strong families who have autistic children.
By the way, the musician in this video is Tyler Gregory from Kansas. You can read his wonderful response to this video on his blog. He sounds like a really amazing, kind guy. We need more people like him.
I also strongly suggest you check out his music. He's very good and I really enjoyed listening to his songs.
God, all this sappiness is hurting my eyes. They keep tearing up every time I watch that video. Don't worry, I promise we'll be returning to our usual grumpy, snarky selves soon enough. Until then... Be safe.