The moral of the story


My son, Wil, who is almost 6, was born with an extra copy of his 21st chromosome, which brings lots of wonderful “extras” to our lives.  Some of those extras are challenging, but extra challenges have never failed to bring extra rewards.

Many children with Down syndrome are particularly adorable because their facial features are small, and people are wired to equate small with cute. Wil is no exception…though a mother’s bias is one of the strongest things on the planet! The reason I bring this cuteness factor up, is this is one of the  “extras” that gives Wil a magical way of  getting away with what we all wish we could do, but don’t because it would be “inappropriate.”

While grocery shopping on Christmas Eve, in a grocery store full of harried shoppers, Wil  decided he was tired and it was time for a break, so he stopped in the middle of the crowded aisle, and sprawled out spread eagle on the floor.  This is where the cuteness factor works its magic: One kind woman in that aisle of many, took a moment to walk up to me, and instead of sighing with impatience and giving me a “look”, said with a smile, “That’s exactly what I feel like doing right now.” I would have hugged her on the spot, but that might have been “inappropriate.”

This true story has two morals…Keep Calm and Be Kind! In the midst of it all, if you need a break, find your own creative way to take one! Secondly, as you are jotting down your New Year resolutions,  add “DAILY RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS.” They go a long way! They say light overcomes dark, and this is one fine example. In an aisle full of stressed people all bent on their own schedule, this one woman made the whole aisle stop for a moment and smile(though Wil kind of made them stop in an effort to maneuver their carts around him 🙂 ).  The kindness this woman gave was brief and cost nothing, but it caused the whole aisle of people to smile and hopefully went on to spread more smiles.

Thanks for reading!


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. yourothermotherhere
    Jan 02, 2013 @ 17:29:19

    Delightful! Give Wil a hug for me.


  2. Fran Egeler
    Jan 02, 2013 @ 17:42:00

    Love reading your blog Christie! Happy New Year to you and your family!


  3. Marianna Musengo
    Jan 03, 2013 @ 14:22:59

    Wow! ‘Causing’ other people to just join in…..and have fun!


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