The woman waited for a response, looking at me with a snarky smile. I took a deep, slow breath.
How does one answer a question like this?
Was she hoping I would give her an inside scoop, gossip with a stranger about the difficulties of caring for a child with special needs? Could she be serious?
I know it’s easy to get defensive. Maybe she wasn’t trying to be rude. Maybe she really wanted to know.
A lot of people want to know.
Children with Down Syndrome are just not seen much these days. They are like an elusive, gentle, endangered Panda.
“My daughter is doing really well, actually.” I begin. “She’s a gentle kid who loves to read. She is one of the kindest people I’ve ever known.”
I smiled at the woman. After a few more minutes of chatting, when she walked away, she smiled back.
Only now, her smile was genuine.
Today reminded me that life is not about confrontation. It’s not about winning by lawmaking, or by brute force, or even by being just rude.
We win this life one heart at a time, with gentleness. With love.
Because when people care, it makes all the difference....
for both an endangered animal and for a child.