Today we went to the park to enjoy this blissful weather. The sunshine makes us both incredibly happy and I’ll do everything I can to make sure we enjoy it everyday!
We got there and it was busy as usual. All the swings were taken so we sat on the grass and waited for one to free up. A little girl that was with her family came over (about 5 years old) and starting talking to Wes, telling him how cute he was. She was the cutest and kept talking to him in the sweetest voice. She quickly noticed his little hand and asked him so sweetly, while touching it, what had happened (not concerned at all that I was watching). I went over and explained he has one big hand and one small hand. By then her sister and brother and parents were all there hovering, staring and taking it in. But then the children went on to say how cute he was and how well he crawled.
They left shortly and tears welled in my eyes as I tried to keep them from falling.
It is very normal for kids to quickly notice and ask upon meeting Wes. Thinking about all the funny comments and obsessions with his little hand by my nieces, nephews and other children makes me smile. I never thought I would say this but it makes me grateful. Grateful because I appreciate the acknowledgment and honesty and because then there is an opportunity to teach them that we are all different, handcrafted by God. It gives me hope that he will be okay. The love I witness being extended to my son by other children for his differences moves my soul. It changes and molds me into a better, more compassionate person.
This was the millionth time this has happened and wasn’t any extraordinary circumstance, but I have been thinking about it all day. I’m not sure if it was her tender voice or the way she quickly forgot about it and complimented his other qualities but I know it touched me. I don't think about his hand often, but today reminded me of the kindness shown to us numerous times throughout this journey. I guess I wanted to write here and publicly thank you (friends, family, strangers) for teaching your children well. For being a good example. Even if you don't realize it, they're learning this kindness from somewhere. Thank you for loving us and allowing for us to love you back. I will forever be changed by being able to witness the true love of Christ right before my eyes.