So…this really made me think.
Yesterday, my Mom and I went to McAlister’s for lunch. Because it was a Friday lunch rush, there were all types of different people there. Every age, every color, ever shape and size.
Across from my Mom and I, there was a mother with three children, ages 4,2, and 1. Being distracted by their cuteness, Mom and I were having a lively little chat with the mother and listening to all the kids’ stories as well.
About thirty minutes into this mother - daughter date, our food arrives, as well as a mother with her two-year-old daughter. Now, her daughter was born paralyzed from the waist down and she was rolling around (quite skillfully, I might add) in a small wheelchair. No one really said anything, and you could feel the questions bubbling up, but held silent.
The four year old girl got down from the other table, walked over and said “Hi.” Hi. Not ‘what’s that’ not ‘why are you in there’ and she didn’t just sit at the table and stare. She got up and said “Hi.”
Of course, the two girls hit it right off and then the two-year-old boy wanted to play two and all three of us were chatting easily. The little girl was showing off how well she could move, popping wheelies, and having a grand old time.
We eventually had to leave the little scene, but it got me thinking. From teenage years (we’ll say 13 +) and up, we begin to separate ourselves from each other by looks, maturity, popularity, activities, and a number of other trivial things. We begin to look down on others if they are different or have a disability, never really getting to know them.
But kids don’t care about any of that - for all they know, this is just a new friend who is about their age.
Please, don’t get me wrong, I am far from perfect when it comes to judging people. It’s just that when this happened, it caused me to think.
Life was so simple when all we had was that child’s mindset.
Why can’t we go back to that?