We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Having special children has helped shape us into kinder, more compassionate people. We can safely say, we like pretty much anyone who shows any kindness toward us.
“Pat, I love that lady. She saw me wiggling in the ladies room line and let me go ahead of her.”
“I saw that, Gene. If only the rest of the world had such bathroom courtesy. Surely, there would be less accidents.”
And if you show kindness toward our special children, there’s no telling how far we will go to show how much we appreciate it. “Mom, don’t you think buying a pony is a little too much for Susie? All she did was invite me to her birthday party.”
Yes, there’s nothing that warms our imperfect hearts more than seeing someone show kindness and compassion to our children.
But the fact is, there are some people that just can’t. People who like to point out our children’s deficiencies and to judge them. (“Why does your daughter keep shooting at the wrong basket?”) People who can only be referred to in one way — mean people.
Unfortunately, if you have a special child, you may run into your share of them. Check out the blog below as a mother of a disabled child shares her encounter with mean people. Then post a comment and tell us how you deal with the Cruella de Ville’s in your world.