This month, I'm participating in the Blogging A to Z April Challenge. My theme is Things That Inspire Me.
I heard a story of a little girl with autism who went out to eat. This is one of those real life stories that are so powerful, because their inspiration is from people.
The little girl, Arianna, was with her older sister. She had ordered a cheeseburger, but wasn't eating it. Her older sister asked what was wrong, to which Arianna replied that her cheeseburger was broken. Quite obviously, it was cut in half. And that just didn't work for Arianna, since with her autism, changing is difficult at best. The sister explained to the waitress and asked if they could buy a new one that wasn't cut. The waitress was very gracious, reassuring the little girl that she would take the cut burger and replace it with a whole one.
Here's a quote in the older sister's words: "The
manager, Bradley Cottermole, then came to our table, kneeled down, and
said to Arianna, “I heard we gave you a broken cheeseburger! I am so
sorry about that! We are making you a brand new one that isn’t broken,
with pickles! I’ll bring you some french fries to munch on while you’re
waiting, ok?” A couple of minutes later, Lauren arrived back at our
table with cheeseburger #2. Arianna said, “OH FANK YOU! You fixded my
cheeseburger!” When Lauren walked away, Arianna just sat there for a
second and looked at her new burger. She looked like so deep in
thought....just staring at it....then she let out a big ”OH I missed
you!!” and started kissing the burger over and over again."
The family was touched by what ought to be a normal act of kindness. The gracious behavior of the staff had saved them from a meltdown from a little girl who could understand or change her mind. The older sister said she'd known families to be asked to leave restaurants when autistic children acted up.
Maybe you're just a waitress, or just a manager at the local burger joint. But watch for those opportunities to show a normal act of kindness to someone who could really use it!