This is my son, Cody. He's 14 and has Down Syndrome. Every day he rides the bus to high school with other kids who also have physical and/or mental disabilities. Normally in the morning he gets on the bus then my husband will drive our other son Kyle to school. This morning I took Kyle because my husband had to drive down to Seattle. On the way we ended up behind Cody's bus as it went to pick up more kids. Cody didn't see us but another boy in the back seat turned to look at us. As we sat at the red light I decided to wave at this boy. Tentatively he waved back. I waved again and then he smiled so I decided to keep waving as now I was smiling. The biggest grin crossed his face and he began a frantic double arm wave which encouraged another boy to turn and look at us. The pure joy on this boys face at the simple act of a stranger acknowledging his presence made my heart sing. Even Kyle sitting next to me couldn't help but smile. It's a simple thing that didn't cost me anything but in that moment I have to believe it meant the world to that boy who is probably not used to receiving love from strangers but instead looks of annoyance or intolerance because he is different. As a mother of a special needs child I understand this all too well. You know, this boy may soon forget this encounter, but I won't. It touched me deeply and impacted my day in the most profound way. I realized I want more moments like this one; moments where two human hearts connect and all differences become insignificant. Such a simple thing, yet we far too often are so wrapped up in our own lives to pause for a moment and allow ourselves this connection. Connection I feel is a fundamental human need that so often gets neglected. Everyone has a need to be seen for who they are, loved for who they are and accepted for who they are.
Have you connected with someone in this way? I would love to hear your stories. Please share them with me and lets get back to simple acts of love and kindness.