Sometimes Leah Paske is grateful that her son, a newly minted middle-schooler, has autism. Like most of us, she remembers the horror that was middle school--the way kids shun you for the slightest deviation from the norm, the name calling, the feelings of insecurity. The Florida mom remembers all that, and the feelings of anxiety about her son can be overwhelming.
But he, thankfully, seems oblivious. He doesn't seem to mind that he doesn't get invited to birthday parties anymore. He doesn't even seem to mind that he eats lunch alone, though it makes his mom terribly sad.
So when a friend sent her a photograph of her son in the lunchroom, she was overwhelmed again. The Florida State University football team, ranked third in the nation among college teams, sent some of its players into the middle school yesterday. The athletes mingled with the kids. And one of them, Travis Rudolph, a wide receiver, sat down to eat with Paske's son.
"I'm not sure what exactly made this incredibly kind man share a lunch table with my son, but I'm happy to say that it will not soon be forgotten. This is one day I didn't have to worry if my sweet boy ate lunch alone, because he sat across from someone who is a hero in many eyes," she wrote in a Facebook post that's gone mega viral in less than 24 hours.
That one of act of kindness from Rudolph has made the Paske family FSU football fans for life!
via FB Newswire