I was recently at a local grocery store and watched a mother struggling with her young son. He was having a straight up melt down in the 90+ degree weather. I sat back and watched several people walk by and gawk at her with contempt in their eyes and a sense of judgement.
It was clear to me, the young boy had a form of autism and was simply having a moment. And was in much need of a break as did his mom. So I approached her and asked if I could help. She accepted my offer and as I sat on the ground with him, more people walked by with a look of judgement. He eventually let me hold his hand as we walked into the store and picked up some grapes and a cupcake.
His mom was so gracious and thankful. She acknowledged how difficult it was and that her son was on the low end of the spectrum with autism. I was proud and thankful she accepted my assistance. But at the same time I was saddened by how many people walked by and looked as if they were simply disgusted.
As a society we have to become more acceptable of people and celebrate all of our differences.
“The first step towards change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.” ~ Nathaniel Branden
6 thoughts on “Tolerance & Acceptance”
Good reminder Carrie! Thanks for sharing!
We can all use a reminder sometimes Dani.
Good for you Carrie. It takes a village
It does take a village Donna. No-one should be too busy to stop & help when we see someone struggling.
Great blog! It is so refreshing to remember that everyone has something going on with their lives and nobody should be judged for being different. It takes a special person to stop what they are doing and help people in need.
Thanks Rori! We can all do better when it comes to being helpful and understanding.