Monday, April 13, 2009

Compassion

Today I had to run some errands. off to Costco we went. One of my favorite places I tell ya :)
While I was in the store I had to run off to the bathroom and change Sarah.
While I was in the bathroom a young girl, her brother and her mother were in the bathroom. The young girl went potty on her own and washed her hands and stood patiently by. The young boy was/is afflicted with Downs Syndrome. He ran to the sink and washed his hands and got his paper towel and then he saw Sarah. his eye's lit up. He started saying something in spanish (I think) and he was also signing to his mom. At the same time he reached out to touch Sarah his mom quickly told him to not touch the baby and grabbed him away quickly. I told his mom that it was ok he could hold her hand. (hey he had washed his hands!) He then signed something to his mom and she said that he was saying Baby. and then Said SMALL Baby. Too darn cute. after a minute his sister who was patiently waiting nearby asked to please touch the baby. These kiddo's were between 5-8 years old. and so cute. The mom said thank you. I asked her "What for?" And it was then she advised me that so many people shy away from her son. Because he has Downs? how sad. This little polite boy wanted nothing but to touch the little baby. He was so Gentle and polite and caring about Sarah. And yet he had felt prejudice in his lifetime because someone was afraid of him? Afraid of what I have to wonder....This little kid was about four foot tall, probably fourty lb's maybe alittle more...and nothing but full of love..and yet...people dont like to talk to him. how incredably sad. How sad for a mother to tear up because a stranger show's some compassion. Some desire to allow a child to learn.
All I can do is pray that some day people obtain some compassion and caring towards everyone. Just sayin...

5 comments:

Cat@3KidsandUs said...

It really is sad and even worse how uneducated so many people are about those with Downs. My mom is a nurse at facility where the residents are all men with Down Syndrome and I practically grew up with them. Let me tell you, they are the most loving people I've ever known in my life, and your sweet gesture probably meant more than you'll ever know to that mom.

Adventures In Babywearing said...

Oh my gosh- I am in tears! Precious.

Steph

Catherine said...

The sad part of this all is that there are people out there that are afraid of many with afflictions that are not "catching" I mean honestly people cannot get DOWNS Syndrome (honestly I don't know if i'm spelling this correctly) by touching or caring about one another. It's just plain ignorance or stupidity....and it's hard for me to justify why anyone would be like that.

krystal.hayward said...

That is so sad!! So many people need to read this exact blog and realize how they act, just because someone is different doesn't mean they are contagious.

Cherie71 said...

I was absolutely appalled when I recently found out that NINETY percent of women who have their baby tested for chromosome deficiencies, including Down Syndrome, will abort their baby upon finding out there is an issue such as Down Syndrome. I am so involved with Special Olympics and I am telling you these are wonderful amazing, loving, super special people with none of the prejudices you typically find in kids and teens. It was just heart breaking to me to find that out. I agree with you, how very sad that a mother should have to watch over and protect her young boy in this way to avoid the ridiculous prejudice of the world around him.