Every once in awhile something happens in your life…a moment, an interaction…that makes you smile (an maybe bring tears to your eyes as you are walking through Walmart).
I was going to get on here and post a blog about how unfair life can be for a special needs child. I was all ready to talk about how Matthew is at the lake for a few days with my parents but Grant didn’t get to go. I was going to whine a little about how Grant deals with enough…but then something happened.
As we were walking through Walmart, Ryan was pushing Grant in his chair and I was following pushing Grace in the cart. Going down a main aisle Ryan cut across and I waited for a younger guy to pass first then I followed. We were standing at the phone chargers and this same young guy came up to us. Thinking we were in his way, Ryan and I both kind of parted the way. That’s when he bent down to Grant.
This is where the watery eyes started.
He bent down to Grant and talked to him. He didn’t talk to Ryan and he didn’t talk to me…he talked TO Grant. And he waited for Grant to answer him. He asked if Grant liked toys to which he got a huge smile and little nod yes. Then he asked what kind of toys. Do you like cool cars he asked Grant. Again big smile and nod as Grant looked at me like how did he know. He then looked up and asked me “Does he have Cerebral Palsy?” It always throws me when people ask that. I told him yes he does and he told us his twin brother has Cerebral Palsy. He said they are 23 years old. Then again he started talking to Grant. He handed him a $20 bill and told him to go buy him a cool car. Then he waited there for Grant to grab the money.
I’m not sure how I choked back the lump in my throat to thank him for being so kind. As he walked away and I bent down to Grant I had to wipe a tear away.
It’s those moments that make you take a step back and see the world…in that moment…as nothing but good. His kindness towards Grant and the way he spoke to Grant like a person was beyond words. There was a connection between the two of them. They understood each other and that was so amazing to witness!
Oh yes and Grant picked out an awesome car!! He was so excited to walk through the toys and search for something he wanted. His car lights up and makes noise and he can do it all by himself.
Moral of the story: Never take for granted the fact that there are still amazing people in the world. And when you get wrapped up in a moment that takes your breath away…soak it in!
Have a blessed day!