Yet, there are those other stares. The glares and the not-so-nice stares. More often than not, I choose to believe it is because she is being ornery in true Ellie fashion in a restaurant or grocery store. However, I am not so ignorant to believe that perhaps are few of those stares are because she has Down syndrome. Disabilities come in many forms and my daughter happens to have a syndrome that is visible to the naked eye. Yes, she looks different. She has stunning blue eyes with an upward slant. She has a tiny, doll-like nose and a small mid-face. Her tongue occasionally sticks out and she is floppy, as in low-muscle tone floppy. She also talks predominantly with her hands or screeches. Fortunately, these stares are rare and no one has actually approached us and been rude about us bringing our "special needs child out in public". *GASP*
Now, imagine bringing your family to a restaurant and having the family next to you demand to be seated elsewhere because "special needs kids should be kept in special places". How many people would stand up for that child? For that family? Would you hunker down in your booth and pretend you didn't hear? Would you turn the other way? Or would you offer a smile to the family and child with special needs? Or would you say something to that ignorant family-the one who cannot see the worth of every child?
As said in the news article "The mom praised the waiter and other members of the restaurant staff, “who not only love [my son] for who he is — a customer and little boy with Down syndrome, but stand up for him no matter what.”
Waiter Praised for Refusing to Serve Family Who Insults Child With Down Syndrome