Instead of avoiding the situation, the mom decided to take a bold step with her children.
“You brought your boys over to Malachi and said ‘I bet he would like to know your names!’. As they said their names my little Malachi started grinning from ear to ear and jabbering back to them. The joy on his face brought tears to my eyes- he loves kids his age but so many are fearful to come and speak to him.”
Carroll says, “Your boys continued to ask questions about his foot braces, his wheelchair, why his legs don't work, why he holds his mouth open like that. You took the time to educate your sons in that moment and help them understand that different is okay. Different is not something to fear. And that it was okay to ask questions!”
She ends with thanking the mom for her brave move and encourages others to do the same next time they find themselves in a similar situation.
“Thank you for giving my son a chance to meet your kids. Thank you for being the type of mom who educates your children instead of frantically trying to silence them. Special needs moms have to develop tough skin- we get used to stares, comments, and whispers.”
“Please know it takes a lot to offend us, particularly when the comments are coming from young children. Give your kids the same grace we give them and use the opportunity to teach them about differences. So Chick-Fil-A mom, thank you for raising your children to embrace children like Malachi. And thank you for giving my son something to smile about.”
Wow! This is amazing!
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