I’m a thirty-six year old woman and I’ve been humbled by a four-year old.  I’m not surprised; I’m humbled and made a better person by my children all the time but this particular incident has really touched me.

My four-year old has a friend at pre-school.  He talks about him ALL the time.  How much fun he is, how much he makes him laugh, what a kind boy he is, what they play with together.

Because it was my son’s birthday yesterday, at the end of his session he sat on a special throne-like seat to give out pieces of cake to his classmates whilst myself and our youngest sat alongside him to watch.

The children receiving the cake were prompted to say ‘thank you’ by the teacher and then Max’s special friend came to collect his…and the teacher signed at him to say ‘thank you’ and he signed back.

Turns out, Max’s special friend is deaf…a fact that he hasn’t ONCE mentioned in the five months he’s been at pre-school.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t for one minute expect him to discriminate against him, tease him or treat him any differently WHATSOEVER because of his disability…partly because my son (hopefully) doesn’t have it in him to be mean but also because we bring our children up to treat all people as they would want to be treated, with respect and kindness.

No, the reason I’m humbled is because he hasn’t mentioned the fact ONCE that when he communicates with his friend he does so by simple sign language and lip-reading.  For my son that’s just how it is.

He isn’t friends with this boy ‘because’ he’s hearing impaired (in some sort of misplaced pity attempt) and he isn’t friends with this boy ‘despite’ his disability (as though it could make a difference but he’s chosen to ignore it).  They’re just friends.  Plain and simple.

I hope that our son continues to live his life with the complete, 100% acceptance of other people that I witnessed yesterday.  Because at four years old, nobody had to tell him to see what’s on the inside regardless of outside differences.  He did it automatically.

And for that reason, I couldn’t be more proud of him than I am right at this very moment.

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6 thoughts on “Acceptance”

  1. Coombemill says:

    Not everything improves as we grow up. Sometimes life is perfect through the eyes of a 4 year old.

    1. Very true. Thanks for your comments x

  2. Jaime Oliver says:

    awww honey this made me a little wet eyed!! what a really beautiful boy you have raised and what a beautiful boy he is on the inside seeing only people and his level of acceptance. just beautiful!

    thank you for lining up with #MagicMoments x

    1. Thank you lovely. I was very proud of him; they can teach us a thing or two sometimes, these kids, can’t they? 🙂 xx

  3. MummyTries says:

    That is just beautiful, and a very #MagicMoment for you to have witnessed 🙂

    1. Thank you; it really was 🙂 x

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