It just hit me, Toph has never seen her daughter.
NO. Just fucking NO.
Just because she didn’t see her the way I presume you would see your child, doesn’t mean Toph didn’t immediately and completely know how perfectly beautiful and wonderful Lin was from the first moment she first touched her face and first heard her cry. She raised her, fed her, cleaned her, dressed her, taught her to speak and eat and made her laugh. She knew every goddamn thing about her child, just like every other blind/sight impaired parent knows everything about their child.
She knew exactly how tall she was, how she walked, how much space there was between her eyes, how soft and silky her hair was. She knew Lin’s favorite outfit, and dressed her in it on her birthdays, and she knew all of the ticklish spots on Lin’s body and took advantage of that frequently.
She saw her daughter’s first steps with her own two feet. With those same two feet she saw her daughter chasing a flying boar through the gardens of the Bei-Fong estate for the first time. Those feet, which made Toph the youngest and most legendary earth bending Master, saw her daughter climbing a group of boulders, and warned her when Lin lost her grip and started to fall.
So don’t you ever say that Toph never SAW her daughter. She saw her every day of her life.
Yes, finally someone on my dash takes this post apart. I refused to reblog it with all the “aww, how sad” and “omg, I’m crying” gifs, because THIS, THIS, THIS.