I live in Gotham City

It’s noon and people begin to flock around the barricades already. As minutes pass, security guards, police officers, even fire fighters begin to arrive. To the uninformed passerby, it may appear to be a movie set. But, this is no movie. This is real life.

He finally arrives. The crowd cheers uncontrollably, chanting his name. The little boy beams at all the people who have come to watch him. He spots Penguin at the top of the stairs, and begins to run up. The crowd goes wild. After several steps, he pauses to catch his breath.

That moment, I catch a glimpse of the little boy’s mother at the bottom of the stairs, hands clasped tightly as if holding her own breath. She gently nods her son forward.

I cry. I cry uncontrollably.

Today, I live in Gotham City. A little five year-old boy named Miles is Bat Kid today. He will be driving around in his batmobile, fighting crime, and saving our city. Thousands of people have gathered to witness Bat Kid fight off the bad guys and prove that good will always reign over evil.

Every other day, Miles is five year-old boy fighting Leukemia. But not today. Today, he’s Bat Kid.

The Make A Wish foundation is responsible for transforming San Francisco in to Gotham City. But, in reality, it is the people of San Francisco that made Miles Bat Kid. Thousands of people took time away from their lives to cheer on this little boy, and to make his wish come true. That, to me, is nothing short of amazing.

That momentary glimpse of Miles’ mother sent a wave of emotion to my core. The excruciating pain she must be going through each and every day watching her little baby fight a battle no child should ever experience. The rage that fills her heart when she sees her little boy’s childhood being robbed. But, above all, this very moment, I see happiness and gratitude in her eyes. A whole city has come together to make her little boy’s dreams come true.

Today, the rest of San Francisco saw what Miles’ mother sees every single day: a real hero.

Faith in humanity restored. Thank you, SF.


Published by Anjali Joshi

Anjali Joshi is a science educator, author, and lifelong learner. She is mom to two curious boys who keep her on her toes!

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