By Dave Andrusko
“One of the joys of being a grandparent is getting to see the world again through the eyes of a child.” — David Suzuki
When I first saw the YouTube video that showed little Myla I’Anson momentarily transfixed, then happy, then seemingly saddened by watching an ultrasound of her unborn baby sister, I immediately thought of our two grandkids.
Emma is five, her brother Ethan, is two. There is an invisible bond that binds them together closer than two atoms. So closely does Ethan follow Emma they could probably get by with one pair of shoes. It is almost as if they are one person. No older sister is more protective of her little brother than Emma is of Ethan.
When Myla tries to embrace the ultrasound of her baby sister on the television screen, it is such a tender moment it is almost beyond words. We don’t know what was going through Myla’s mind, at any juncture, but here it is as if she is welcoming her sister into the family.
Then, she wipes away a tear. The sound is patchy in parts but you can hear Mylas saying she “loves” and “misses” her baby sister.
Trying not to laugh at the sweetness of the gesture , her mother consoles Myla, “‘Oh darling, it’s OK … you’re going to see her soon.”
Myla, for the moment, is unpersuaded: “But I love her so much.”
There is much more to the story, as SPUC explains in a post we re-posted, which may help us understand Myla’s sweet reactions.
For example, her mother, Carly, said, “She is quite an emotional child. I lost my mum when I was pregnant with Myla so she never met her grandma, but when she sees pictures and videos of her she gets really upset.”
By all appearances, Myla is blessed with one of the great gifts any of us can have: a tender heart. She can see a picture of her grandmother and be upset that she is no longer with them.
Myla can see an ultrasound of a sister whose journey has not yet been completed with a safe arrival (she is not due for several months) and “miss” her.
I am well aware that there are abortion-minded women who will not be dissuaded by an ultrasound of their unborn child. And in most cases we will likely never know why.
But perhaps this video holds the key. Perhaps the reason they cannot stretch out their arms and cradled their unborn child is because they cannot see their child through the eyes of a child.