Every couple of days, a news story appears to help restore our faith in humanity. Often it involves a stranger going out of their way to do something kind. Because of the viral nature of these stories, Stephanie Skaggs decided to post her own experience with a kind stranger, in the hopes that it would reach her and let her know that she’s doing “a really really good job.”
And it did.
On July 23, Skaggs shared the story of two kids in the water park who let her daughter Baylee skip in front of them in line for the water slide when they noticed her getting agitated. The 5 year old is autistic, and while Skaggs was trying to teach her the importance of waiting in line, when other kids started breaking the rules, she could feel Baylee growing frustrated.
“Coping with unexpected change is another skill we practice every day. It is one of the more difficult skills to practice and especially in public when people, especially other children do not understand why she is reacting the way she does. I dread it. Not what she will do but what other people will,” Skaggs explains in the post.
But to her relief, before Baylee had a chance to act out, the girl in front said that she could go ahead of her.
“Baylee had not had an opportunity to get upset yet, so I am not sure exactly why she did it. I felt like maybe she could tell by the way I had been talking to her that she had special needs. It was so sweet and I told her what a sweet girl she was.”
Further down the line, it happened again. This time with a boy who also let Baylee pass ahead.
“Again, I praised his good behavior and kindness and we went ahead, and I was struck that two different children would be so intuitive and kind.”
Skaggs later learned that the two were actually brother and sister and had them point out their mother so that she could thank her for doing such a good job raising them. The mother shrugged off the compliment as no big deal but to Skaggs and her daughter, it meant a lot.
“A small gesture like theirs may not seem like much. But I promise it was.”
By sharing the story on Facebook, Skaggs wanted the mom to know just how much it really meant to her.
“When I looked at those sweet little faces, filled with pride as I praised them, it made me happy to know that more moms are raising their children the way you are,” she wrote. “So I just wanted to take the opportunity again to thank you and let you know you are doing a really really good job!”
As hoped, the post has been shared on Facebook more than 9,000 times and eventually did reach Laura, the mother of the two children.
According to Some E-Cards the two are now Facebook friends.
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