Tonight the family and I went out to the Western Fair, the boys out to go on the rides and me to kibbitz about seeing the exhibits and taking pics of the farm animals and what not.
While I was looking at the cows, a lady was there with a special needs young woman, asking her what colour the cow was. I remember making the snap judgement “I wish people wouldn’t treat special needs folks like they are preschoolers”. Having that sudden flash of irritation.
I used to work with special needs folks and it didn’t take me long to realize that with patience special needs folks are capable of so much more than we often give them credit for. So there I was, ready with the quick mental judgement. Until I caught something… the look in her eye as she talked with, what I think was her friend (not a client). That look of pleasure as her friend said “black” and then said no “brown, the cow is brown!”
The next thing I saw… a flash of smile.
I felt disappointed in myself for making snap judgements that I so dislike other people making. I should know better than that.
Two individuals.. one could have been a support worker with a client, or they could have been friends. Support was given and received. In a way that pleased and supported each other (cause that grin was support as well, you know?)
I Thessalonains: Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing
I want to see that support more often so freely and generously given, what about you?
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