Special People…

Have you seen this story?

Waiter who refused to serve customers a viral hero.

I would like to add my personal nod of thanks to Mr. Garcia.

Also makes me ponder a bit. This little boy has down syndrome – based on the picture you can tell he has down syndrome. The family that moved and made the derogatory statement had seen the boy and made a judgment about his being ‘special’ partly based on what they ‘saw’.

Many kids (and adults) have “invisible” disorders. Asperger’s, Autism, ADD/ADHD, SPD, FADDS, and more. From the outside you can’t see a thing.

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Had this been a case of a boy with one of the invisible disorders; instead of a comment about ‘special’ people being special somewhere else, I guess this family would have had some choice comments about the child’s behavior and the ‘terrible’ parents they must be to allow that type of behavior.

I’ve heard those kind of comments.

I am fairly certain I’ve been the subject of those kinds of comments.

I wonder what would have happened in that case? Likely, because the boy’s family were regulars, the waiter would have know about the ‘invisible’ disorder and hopefully taken the same stand.

But would the public praise have been the same? Would a picture of a child with an invisible disorder have rallied the same viral kudos?

You see a kids face on a poster for juvenile diabetes and it’s just a kids face. You see a kids face on a poster for childhood cancer and you see what the cancer has done to the child. Which one draws more sympathy or empathy?

May we all stop and think before we pass judgment on others. Think about what the story might be, not just what the story looks like at first glance.

(And for heaven’s sake, if you are going to make a derogatory comment about other people, don’t do it in front of your own children. That’s how bigots are made.)

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4 Responses to Special People…

  1. “Special People Nana’s Musings” was a superb posting, can’t help but wait to examine more of ur blog posts. Time to squander some time online haha. I appreciate it -Lorri

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  2. eschris says:

    I absolutely loved this post, and as you said the fact that some issues are invisible ( ADHD in my case , and it took 28 years to realise it), make certain aspects of life more difficult for us, and having been judgemental of people over the years for which i feel very bad about, this post is very significant for me. Thank you. I am reposting this post on my blog with link back to your post.

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    • Nana says:

      Thanks so much for the reblog! I think we are all guilty of it at some time or another. I know having a child with ADHD/SPD has made me more aware when I’m out and definitely more sympathetic and slower to jump to judgment of other parents/people.

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  3. eschris says:

    Reblogged this on Evernote for ADHD and commented:
    I absolutely loved this post, and as you said the fact that some issues are invisible ( ADHD in my case , and it took 28 years to realise it), make certain aspects of life more difficult for us, and having been judgemental of people over the years for which i feel very bad about, this post is very significant for me. Thank you. I am reposting this post on my blog with link back to your post.

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