Being the parent to a special needs child is a job that many other people just can't relate to. So when a stranger makes a little effort to connect, it can mean so much more.
For mom Tabitha Monistere, such a thing happened as she was feeding her son. As she laid him out on the sofa in the bathroom's nursing room, she noticed two little boys and their mother walk in. The mom kept glancing at Monistere and her boy and she washed her hands.
When their eyes met, Monistere smiled politely. While she poured formula down her son's feeding tubes, the other woman said something that completely floored her.
She asked if her two little ones could introduce themselves to Monistere's son. "At first, I was a little shocked and it took a second to form the words, 'Sure, it’s OK,'" she wrote in an emotional blog post. The boys asked about his name, his age, and his feeding tube that connected to his stomach. And Blaine, Monistere's son, was ecstatic.
"I saw Blaine’s face light up, his eyes shining with his little, crooked smile that I love so much and his little arms pulled up to his chest, trying to push his voice out, but he was so excited no sound came out. I watched you teach your boys a life lesson, and they responded to Blaine like he was just another little boy who they would play with."
Soon it was time for the other family to leave, but before they did, Monistere needed to say something to the mother.
"I told you thank you...With tears streaming down my face, I explained it was for introducing your sons and acknowledging that our son was just another little boy like yours."
The other mom just shrugged it off. “Oh, but he is," she said.
But Monistere's past experiences have taught her that not all people were as accepting of Blaine. "So many times we get the funny look or [we're] just ignored. You have no idea what it meant to me. You gave me a hug and went on your way...I pray often that God blesses you and your boys. From one mother to another, thank you."
We applaud both moms for making an effort to raise such amazing boys. More of this, please!
via The Mighty