Little Prince has changed how I look at things. When I watch a show or a video about a family affected by special needs, I have a different outlook. I was always open-minded and softhearted but now I am more personally affected.
For example, Garth Brooks’ video “Standing Outside the Fire” makes me cry. I LOVE it. The way the boy with special needs works so hard for what he wants to accomplish, the way his mother supports him, and when his father come running to his side at the end, it touches me in a real, very deep way.
And for another example, I have always had social issues and I was always uncomfortable when I was approached by someone I didn’t know and they talked a lot to me. When I was at bus stops, I was often approached by people who had special needs who wanted to chat. I was always polite, I was never once rude to them, I smiled at them, listened to them but inside I was uncomfortable. But now when I look at one of these people at the bus stop, independently making their way in the world, chatting with people at the bus stop, I actually admire what they have accomplished. When they chat with people they don’t know, I think of Little Prince in the future, I think of how I would want people to treat him if he was able to communicate and wanted to chat with them. Now, I chat back, I smile at them and mean it. I converse with them and really listen to them. I treat them with the respect I think we all deserve and I treat them the way I hope Little Prince is treated in the future.
This little boy who can’t talk, who doesn’t sleep and eat properly, and who lights up every single moment of my life has changed me in so many real and profound ways. He has opened my heart and mind and made me a better person.