I want to share a story with you that I just read. I share this with you because as you grow up you will see that more often than not the news likes to report what I call “bad news” not “good news”. Our society has seems to enjoy reading about everyone’s pain a lot more than someone’s joy. And there is a lot of joy out there little man and we should rejoice in it when we hear about it.
This story is about a young girl named Maddie and a young boy named Jon. Jon is a junior and he has autism. About a month ago, Maddie, a senior, approached Jon’s father (Jon’s father is a teacher at their school) and asked if Jon’s mom and he would allow her to take him to prom. Maddie had gotten to know Jon through a school club that promotes friendships between special needs kids and regular kids. “He’s a junior,” she explained “so it’s his prom too. I just think he should have the chance to go.” Jon’s father told her that they would be honored to have him go with her.
During the next couple weeks, she asked what his favorite color was (orange) so she could get a dress in that color. She also made reservations for their group (they doubled with another couple)at a restaurant that served his favorite food – chicken fingers and French fries. They both had a wonderful time.
I share this with you for three reasons:
1. That you should always show support for special kids like Jon
2. That you should show support for groups that promote these friendships
3. To remind us all, in a time when we hear about all the terrible things going on, that there are wonderful kids like Maddie working to make other’s lives better.
Little man you are only 20 months old but have already shown such compassion towards others that are sad or hurting, and towards all animals. I know that with your momma’s guidance and love you will not lose that like so many do as they grow up.
I tell you from experience that to make a difference in someones life is one of the greatest things one can do.
“Prayer in action is love, and love in action is service. Try to give unconditionally whatever a person needs in the moment. The point is to do something, however small, and show you care through your actions by giving your time … We are all God’s children so it is important to share His gifts. Do not worry about why problems exist in the world – just respond to people’s needs … We feel what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean, but that ocean would be less without that drop.“- Mother Teresa
God has a plan for your life little man, and that includes loving and serving others.
I love you Lincoln, Puppa