Since her daughter, Sophia, was born, Pam and her family continuously get looks from strangers, who impolitely stare at them and the baby. By now, Pam is used to it, but it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t hurt any less than when she first realized what was happening.
Sophia was born with Down Syndrome and some people don’t bother hiding their intrigue by asking rude questions. The mother says she’s even been asked if her baby was adopted.
Understandably, when she first found out about her daughter’s disability, Pam was upset. But the love of a mother took over and she quickly understood how beautiful and truly precious her daughter is. She only hopes that others can see what she sees.
That’s why she was so taken aback by what happened to her one day at Tim Hortons coffee shop with her daughter.
As expected, some people were staring at them, but one couple walked up to them. What the man did and said next reduced the thankful mom to tears, and she felt the need to post an update about it on social media,
“I sat in Tim Hortons with my daughter as I do often. Two ladies sitting near us started to stare and whisper. This is a pretty frequent occurrence for us you see; because my daughter Sophia was born with Down Syndrome.
I sat there and watched these two women crane their necks to get a better look at her; completely oblivious to the fact that I was staring right back. Today it bothered me. It really bothered me.”
“The man greeted Sophia with a high five and a handshake, and Sophia smiled and waved back. He looked at me with tears in his eyes and said, ‘I have a story I would really like to share with you. But I am afraid I wont get through it without choking up.’
I gently encouraged him to share, because now I was curious. This interaction was not what I was expecting.”
“He told me that he had watched the news last night. There was an interview of a mother who had recently given birth to a child with a major disability. She was on the news defending her decision to keep her baby. She was defending her choice NOT to terminate despite her doctors encouraging her to do so.
He said, ‘The point is, you never know a person’s impact on the world. You can never know what a person is able to do unless you give them a chance.’
He looked at me just before he turned to walk away and said, ‘You are a beautiful person. Your daughter is beautiful. Congratulations!’”
“I immediately started to cry. There I sat in the middle of a coffee shop crying into a paper napkin. That man was the first complete stranger to ever congratulate me on the birth of my daughter Sophia. He was the first complete stranger to recognize her WORTH. Her VALUE. Her BEAUTY.”