Pam was out with her daughter Sophia when she started getting looks from strangers, who impolitely stare at baby Sophia then Pam. You see, Sophia was born with Down Syndrome and some people don’t bother hiding their rudeness. That’s why Pam was so taken aback one day at a coffee shop when a man decided to stand up… this is what Pam says:
“I sat in Tim Hortons with my daughter as I do often. Two ladies sitting near us started to stare and whisper quite loudly. This is a pretty frequent occurrence for us you see; because my daughter Sophia was born with Down Syndrome.
I sat there and watched these two women crane their necks to get a better look at her; completely oblivious to the fact that I was staring right back. Today it bothered me. It really bothered me.
Just then, a couple approached me, and I thought, ‘Oh great! More people who want to take a closer look!’
The man greeted Sophia with a high five and a handshake, and Sophia smiled and waved back. He looked at me with tears in his eyes and said, ‘I have a story I would really like to share with you. But I am afraid I wont get through it without choking up.’
I gently encouraged him to share, because now I was curious. This interaction was not what I was expecting.
He told me that he had watched the news last night. There was an interview of a mother who had recently given birth to a child with a major disability. She was on the news defending her decision to keep her baby. She was defending her choice NOT to terminate despite her doctors encouraging her to do so.
He said, ‘The point is, you never know a person’s impact on the world. You can never know what a person is able to do unless you give them a chance.’
He looked at me just before he turned to walk away and said, ‘You are a beautiful person. Your daughter is beautiful. Congratulations!’
I immediately started to cry. There I sat in the middle of a coffee shop crying into a paper napkin. That man was the first complete stranger to ever congratulate me on the birth of my daughter Sophia. He was the first complete stranger to recognize her WORTH. Her VALUE. Her BEAUTY.
In a world where my daughter’s life is whispered about, where she is stared at, this man saw her IMPORTANCE.”
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