The inquisitive minds of children can lay quite a burden on the shoulders of many parents, especially when wee ones express curiosity about humans who look a little different from themselves.
One mother, however, perfectly demonstrated exactly how to handle the issue when it came up in a Chick-fil-A, and a fellow mom of a special needs boy was utterly grateful.
The special needs mom recounted the event in a post for the Love What Matters Facebook page. Try your best not to tear up at her powerful story.
In the post, the mom describes watching another mom attempt to hush her children, who were pointing and asking loud questions about her special needs son nearby.
When the mom failed to quell their curiosities, she instead took another approach — one that inspired her to write the post in the first place.
"When you realized your whispers weren't working I saw the panic disappear and you took a deep breath and took a step of courage," the mom wrote. "You brought your boys over to Malachi and said 'I bet he would like to know your names!'"
Malachi loved it.
"My little Malachi started grinning from ear to ear and jabbering back to them," the mom wrote. "The joy on his face brought tears to my eyes — he loves kids his age but so many are fearful to come and speak to him."
The boys asked Malachi questions about his wheelchair, why his legs don't work, his foot braces, and why he holds his mouth a certain way.
"You took the time to educate your sons in that moment and help them understand that different is okay," the mom wrote. "Different is not something to fear. And that it was okay to ask questions!"
The special needs mom goes on to thank the woman for her parenting bravery.
"Chick-fil-A mom, thank you for raising your children to embrace children like Malachi," she wrote. "And thank you for giving my son something to smile about."
Facebook rallied behind the incredible moms with comments of support.
One mom even said the post served as a valuable lesson for her.
Looks like these two women are making the world a far better place.
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