Emily Petrik was having a rough day with her sons at the doctor's office. As a mother of two autistic nonverbal boys, she had to stop them from biting patients, knocking magazines off the table, and unplugging the Christmas tree. But her day turned around when one woman stepped in to help.
In an open letter on For Every Mom, Petrik writes that when her 3-year-old flipped over the arm of the couch, the woman began to rub his back. She then took it a step further and began to relax him by playing with him and talking with him.
Petrik writes, "I saw him calm, smiling. I saw you take his hand and walk with him. Hug him. Talk to him gently. I saw this as I desperately rolled the stroller around the room to keep my 2-year-old from screaming and melting down."
After Petrik thanked her for her good deed, the woman told Petrik, "You are amazing."
Petrik never got the woman's name. But that doesn't stop her from emphasizing the importance of her act of kindness when she needed it most—and when her boys needed it most.
"You will never know the impact your kindness has made on this mother of two autistic children," she wrote. "Instead of the usual dirty looks and judgment, I got understanding and kindness."
It's a great lesson to treat every child like they matter, because they do.
via For Every Mom