We want you to find this blog full of helpful information and resources. We want you to be able to come to us with questions and comments and have this be a place for you to find new things to share with your friends. Along with that, we want you to come here to fill your heart. Occasionally we will be sharing small stories of acceptance, things that we have seen in our community that warm the heart.
Recently a friend of mine posted a picture of her daughter Madelyn diligently working on an end of the school year self-appointed project. Every night her five year old would pull out her big bin of beads and work diligently to make bracelet after bracelet. She declared that she wasn’t going to stop until she had made bracelets for every child in her class.
She set off each day with three or four bracelets in her back pack to hand out to her school mates. Adorable right?
After a few comments had been made about how thoughtful this was her mom volunteered even more information, and information important to us. There is a child with Down Syndrome in her class and this child has sensory issues. Aware of this, though too young to know exactly why, this sweet girl took special care to only use smooth beads on the bracelet for this classmate “so the bumps wouldn’t bother her when she wore it.”
This story made me want to jump up and down with excitement. To be aware of another child’s special needs and to make special accommodations? Outstanding! Kids these days are just so… Comfortable! It’s encouraging. I love to watch my nieces and nephews interact with my special needs daughter. It’s truly heart-warming.
Confession: Before I had a special needs child of my own I didn’t really know what to do around someone with special needs. I went to school before the idea that special needs children should be integrated into classrooms with typical children. I would figure it out, and it would be fine… But it’s certainly not second nature like it is for me now and like it is for the generations of children who interact with special needs children on a daily basis. I think this story is one of several about how far we have come!
We will be keeping an eye out for more examples of acceptance that we can share with you! Do you have a story of acceptance to share? Let us know in the comments!