Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Witness to a sweet exchange
At church on Sunday Lila and I sat next to a guy who has downs syndrome. He is about my age and is a super sweet guy who always plays with the kids in the ward. He started to rub Lilas feet and her arms. I wanted to tell him that Lila has special needs because I didn't want him to feel bad that she wasn't responding to him like the other kids do. But I didn't know quite what to say so I didn't say anything. All during Sunday school he continued to be in contact with her one way or another. After class was over I put Lila in her stroller and was chatting with a friend. I realized that the guy was still touching Lila and giving her loves. My friend and I sat and watched. He rubbed her arms and legs and sat and talked to her. It looked almost like a sweet reunion. Then he kissed the palm of his hand and put it to Lila's cheek. As he turned to go it was the first time I saw his face. He was sobbing. Tears streamed down his cheeks as he walked by me. I tried to reach out and give him a love but he quickly walked away. I have to wonder what was passing between these two great souls. What he can see when it comes to Lila that I can't. I am sure he is so sensitive to her sweet spirit as she is to his. Once again it was a reminder just how special these special needs people are.