Ok…I’ve mentioned it before, but truthfully, before Peanut, I was always very uncomfortable around special needs people. Well…sometimes even scared. Today Peanut had therapy at our local Center for Exceptional Children. She was walking down the hall and blocking everyone’s path. This young man was trying to pass by. He was about 18 or 19 and he was special needs. I couldn’t tell you what his disability was, but I can tell you he had a massive smile watching Peanut go. We moved her to the side and his mom went past first. He stopped and held out his hand for me to shake. I smiled and shook his hand, he then raised my hand and kissed the back of it. No words, nothing else. Just another smile and he walked away. Now let me ask you, why in the world was I ever uncomfortable around people like that?! Yes, special needs individuals are different. But they are different the most amazing ways!! So full of love, compassion and strength. Worth so much more respect than the world gives them.
This young man probably won’t remember me. He probably didn’t even think what he did was a big deal. But I promise I will hold on to that moment. He made an impact on my life quicker than most people I even have conversations with. If I didn’t just stop and look at him, and not his disability, I would have missed this opportunity.
Next time your out, if you do run into a special needs individual, just say hi! Don’t ignore them or shy away because you are unsure of what to do. Open your heart to the possibility of something amazing! I know you wont regret it!!