A few weeks ago I was down in Phoenix for Skylar’s physical therapy evaluation. Afterwards, we met up with my sister at her favorite local hangout, Luci’s. Before we headed out for the 2 hour drive home I ran to use the restroom. The beautiful apple artwork above was hanging on the wall. As soon as I saw it, I immediately had so many thoughts start running through my head. I ran back to the table & grabbed my phone so that I could snap a picture. Oh yes I did!
Many of you might ask “What is so special about these apples?”
Well, I immediately saw my girls in these apples!
-They are both different in many ways from many of the people we come in contact with, but they are absolutely beautiful souls!
-Unfortunately, many people see individuals on the spectrum (or any individual with special needs) as “less than” other human beings. They feel a sense of pity. When I look at the picture above I think how the red apple is different from the rest, but it is still an apple! My girls are still beautiful, unique human beings! They aren’t “less than” anyone!
-Different isn’t bad! Different is different! Sometimes it is hard, but many times it is beautiful!
As I drove home I thanked the Lord for the beautiful reminder of how differently beautiful my sweet girls are! It was just what I needed!
Thanks for letting me share!
It is a great illustration. It really is something that every person should understand not only about kids on the spectrum, but about everybody. We are all wonderfully different and have been given gifts and traits to better this world if we choose to use them correctly.
Thanks Jeff! So true!
I’m impressed! You’ve managed the almost impossible.