Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The night that made us cry!

Saturday night we were at Disneyland. We were eating at Naples pizza in downtown Disney. Me, Ray, Carter and the two littles.
Eating dinner out with Jax is not always fun. People think that suctioning him is gross. We try to turn him away from people, or pull his canopy down when we suction him. I always suction him good before we go in hoping that he will be good during dinner.

There was an older couple sitting across from Ray. They had an adult daughter with them. I did notice them glance over a few times while we were eating. I always just assume they are staring at Jax or disgusted by the suctioning.
Unfortunately its just something that we've gotten used to, its our life with Jax.
Our waitress wasn't that great, and while we sat and waited for her to bring our check, Arina was getting antsy! So I took her out and got her settled in her stroller.
A few minutes later Ray walked out with tears in his eyes. He told me that the couple sitting across from him had paid for our dinner! They left before we did, so we couldn't thank them. It was just an anonymous act of kindness.

I'll admit that I've become hardened a bit in my years with Jax. The acts of kindness are few and far between the nasty comments and hardened stares. But they are also so amazing that it softens my heart and gets me through to the next act of kindness or sweet comment I get.

When people say children like Jax are just a burden on us, that we'll be caring for them our entire lives and they won't contribute to society, it makes me angry.

Don't you see? Don't you see the way they contribute?

They bring out the best in people. They make them stop and remember how lucky they are. Their infectious smiles can brighten anyone's bad day.

And I think that's what we need a lot more of in this world. Smiles, and acts of kindness!

So take this story and remember to pay it forward. I know we will!!




6 comments:

Stacia said...

What a good reminder. :) I love your Mother/Son photos!

Lindsay Marie said...

What a wonderful story! Jaxson is an amazing little boy and has touched my life in more ways than one, and I've never even met him!

Rochelle said...

Aw that is awesome, made me tear up too. Love when people do those random acts of kindness.

CJ said...

Someone did this once when I needed it the most. I never forgot their kindness and the Local paper published a letter of gratitude I wrote for them. It is an amazing feeling!

Our Lifeskills Class said...

I am a special education teacher and found you through a few other special needs blogs. I absolutely loved the pictures in this post! It was the Post That Made Me Cry! :) Thanks for sharing!

http://lessonsfromlifeskills.blogspot.com

Jenni said...

Love the story but love the pictures of you and Jax even more!!