There are no shortage of viral stories that get us a little bit weepy.
Just yesterday, the story behind a powerful photo of a newborn girl held by a pair of motorcycle gloves really touched our hearts.
And this story is especially poignant.
Mum blogger Slice Of Life posted on her Facebook page about an unexpected encounter with a couple who approached her and her daughter (who has Down’s syndrome) while they were sat in a coffee shop.
“I sat in Tim Horton’s with my daughters 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’s syndrome.
“Just then, a couple approached me, and I thought, ‘Oh great! More people who want to take a closer look!’
“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.’
“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 recognise her WORTH. Her VALUE. Her BEAUTY.”
Shout out to the lovely man in the coffee shop 👊 and we’re so glad this story had a happy ending.
But we also know that it can be tricky to know what to say when a child has a disability – as some people might not want to risk saying the wrong thing, or unintentionally saying something hurtful.
We reckon talking openly and honestly about disability is the key to overcoming any misunderstandings – which is exactly what Slice Of Life is doing with posts like these 😄