From a Mother: Part One
I asked several momma friends of mine to send me something they would want to share with the world about their kiddos. Today, I want to share my friend Jelena’s words. She speaks such truth about her sweet Viena. These words are heartfelt and filled with hope and kindness. On this Friday, I hope you read these words and let them sink in. They are so good.
**Wonder** As a mother it’s only natural to wonder what the future holds for your child. As a mother of a special needs child, however, I often find myself wondering more about how others will see and treat Viena than what her future holds. Especially after watching the movie Wonder. There are so many days that Viena will say hi to another child with so much excitement only to get a cold shoulder in return. Numerous times parents have quickly whisked their kids away from Viena as if they thought Down Syndrome was contagious or something. And often I will see kids stop what they are doing and just stare. In my heart of hearts I know that kids are innocent, often with curiosity. They don’t mean to stare but they are just curious about her. And often times I think adults are curious about her too. My only hope and prayer is that all those who cross paths with her are nice to her. Like @WonderTheMovie so perfectly tries to teach, “when given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.” Viena will not always have her mama to protect her from stares, unkind words or God forbid bullying, but we will continue to raise her so that she will have the confidence to believe in herself, be proud of who she is, and most of all continue being kind to all those she meets. You really are a wonder Viena and I love you with all my heart.
Parents watch Wonder The Movie with your children. Teachers show this movie to your students. And for those who don’t have kids, I encourage you to watch this movie too. It will inspire each and every one of us to be more caring, compassionate and most of all, to be kind. Not only to someone with Down Syndrome, but to anyone and everyone we cross paths with. After all, we never know what struggles or illnesses others may be going through.