|Our friend with their daughter|
Not understanding social limits and being in the water this girl decided to pull down her pants to be more comfortable. Her dad was right next to her but had turned around for a moment. Two women began screaming at him, to which he quickly turned and remedied the situation. However the women did not stop the tirade. They persisted in cursing him, threatening to call the police and assuring him that they would call social services. Embarrassed, hurt, and being respectful to the patrons he took his daughter back to the picnic area where she played happily, oblivious to the hate that was behind her.
Their daughter still wanted to play but instead of going back to the splash pad her mother decided it would be better to play on the playground. After about 2 minutes at the playground one of the ladies from the splash pad approached my friend and told her that her children were afraid of her daughter because she had grabbed their hands while playing at the splash pad. My friend apologized and told her what was wrong with her daughter. The woman however didn't seem to care and wanted them to leave the playground so her kids could play without fear. My friend (who had been with her daughter the entire time at the playground) calmly said, "I'm sorry but there are a lot of kids like my daughter and they deserve to play at the playground just as much as your kids." To this the threats from the two women began again and they did call the police.
What began as a fun picnic at the park turned into a bit of a nightmare. The police quickly came and quickly left realizing that the girl was handicapped and that her parents were acting responsibly and thoughtfully.
The thing I don't understand was why the women were so brutal. They wanted the handicapped girl to leave because she impeded on their perfect experience at the park. They didn't care about her or the daily and life long struggles of the parents of a handicapped child. They didn't think for a moment what these parents had given up, that they would never see retirement, that they can't go on dates because they can't leave their daughter alone, that they can't afford vacations because the cost of medicine and hospital visits is too great. What happened to love and tolerance? Why didn't those women ask the parents if their children could meet their daughter and get to know her so they weren't afraid? Why didn't they teach their children that some people are different and that's okay? Why didn't they teach them that instead of shunning someone who doesn't understand that they should help them and defend them and be mature enough to look the other way for a moment?
As parents we have the power to teach principles in our home and in our families that will change the world. We need to teach our children love and tolerance through our examples so that when they leave to school or work or play, our children will be the ones sticking up for others. They will be able to decipher right and wrong and they will know how to handle a simple embarrassing moment at the park. A little understanding and a little love would have changed everything.
I apologize for the missed post. I had it scheduled for yesterday but I hit the save button instead of the publish button. So here is your post. I hope you enjoyed it.