Shoutout to the Older Man Behind Me in the Checkout Line, and to All Kind and Understanding People

Shoutout to the older man behind me in the checkout line who recognized that my teenage son has severe developmental delays and had some kind words for me.

I mentioned that my son was doing a very good job behaving during our outing and I high-fived my son to encourage him. This gentlemen also told my son “good job” and high-fived him as well, and was rewarded with a big smile from my boy.

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People who see my son as a person of worth make my day. I think a few people around us changed their minds after our exchange – instead of seeing someone odd they saw a boy who is happy and loving (and loved), and we got some smiles instead of strange looks.

I am grateful for his compassion and respect; it’s people like him that make the world a better place.



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19 Responses

  1. I Love people like this. xo

  2. High 5 to you and your very special, wonderful boy. More people should learn from that man

  3. Dana Carter Dana Carter says:

    This bright a happy tear to my eyes 🙂

  4. This is the kind of story I like to see on Shoutout Edmonton. Not the Rants. Find a different venue for your comments. This is so awesome and thank you for sharing!

  5. Holly Lane Holly Lane says:

    Glad to hear this news…

  6. Well said Tracey Howell!

  7. Lisa Fedyck Lisa Fedyck says:

    People need to stop judging. Children as well as others may be dealing with unnoticeable challenges, so don’t judge. We teach our children that they are equal even if they have a challenge. Good for you to praise in public. It helps others be more aware of each other. Better to praise than preach…to anyone. High five to all of you!

  8. Awesome ❤️❤️❤️got to share❤️

  9. That’s awesome. Love people like that. You make the world a better place even with small gestures 🙂

  10. I don’t judge. Having watched my sister grow up With turettes(lol can’t spell it). I teach my kids that everyone is born different. If we were all the same can you imagine how boring life would be. My kids know to respect everyone in general. I get mad when I see people staring and judging others.

  11. Love this ! 🙂 As a mom of an autistic 8 yr old. Nice to hear such nice people ARE out there…

  12. This makes my heart happy! Thank you for sharing this great story 🙂

  13. Julia Bryce Julia Bryce says:

    I wish this was the norm. That everyone was kind and understanding and awesome. High five to your son!


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