Michelle Odland, a mom of three, is used to kids' reactions when they first encounter her 9-year-old, who has Down Syndrome and doesn't speak. They ask questions like "What's wrong with her?" or "Why doesn't she talk?" But the little red-headed girl who was watching Odland's daughter at the splash pool had totally different questions for the Wisconsin mom. This little girl wanted to know her daughter's name.
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When she learned it, she ran back to the other girl--and put her arm around her. Odland stood up warily. She knew her daughter didn't like to be touched, so she expected her daughter to push the redheaded girl away. Instead, she smiled. Then both girls laughed as buckets of water splashed on their heads. Even though Odland's daughter didn't make conversation, the redhead didn't mind--and chatted happily.
Afterwards, the girl walked up to Odland. "Instead of me thanking you, you thanked me as your teeth chattered, Odland wrote in her blog, My Life With Three. "'Your daughter was so much fun to play with! Have a great day!' you chimed as you started to run to your mom."
"I’m sorry I couldn’t say thank you at that moment. But, you see, I rarely see friends with my daughter. You gave us the most beautiful gift that day. You gave us a day of making friends and laughing," Odland continued.
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via The Mighty