Have you ever felt like you didn’t fit in?
Think back to your days at school. You’re 9-years-old, and you’re the new kid in an unfamiliar town. It’s your first day at your new school. You blush when Teacher introduces you to a classroom full of glaring eyes.
It’s now time for Recess. You don’t know anybody, so you take your brown paper bag that mommy packed and you pull out a bologna sandwich with shaky hands.
All of the sudden, a mean boy approaches you. He hollers, “Hey four-eyes!” and he grabs your glasses off your face and smashes them to bits.
A crowd of children cheers and laughs. You frantically search for the broken pieces on hands and knees as tears well-up in your eyes.
Sometimes society isn’t so nice to people they call “different.”
Facebook user, Alex Ankar, recently posted this true story on Facebook.
Read his post below.
Ever since my dad passed away, my little bro has been working day in and day out at Ankar’s Hoagies to ensure that my father’s legacy keeps going strong. From greeting customers to cleaning the dining room to working the grill, Andrew works tirelessly to make sure our business is a success – and he does it all with a smile on his face.
When I learned that someone had the audacity to file a report with the local health inspector over an adult with Down syndrome being in the kitchen of a restaurant that he is not just employed at, but that he owns, I was floored. It makes my blood boil that there are people in this world who don’t have an ounce of kindness in their heart to appreciate what an amazing person he is. The fact that there are people out there in this world that view people with disabilities as sub-human disgusts me.
Sometimes I sit back and marvel at Andrew’s ability to love everyone… even people who aren’t deserving of his kindness. He knows no hate. If the people out there who constantly ridicule people with disabilities had even half of Andrew’s capability to love EVERYONE, this world would be a better place.
I challenge every single person who reads this to take a minute to put all differences aside. Whether it’s ability, race, sexual orientation, religion, whatever – try to put your differences aside and love one another. Trust me, the world would be a much better place if everyone had Andrew’s ability. He’s not the disabled one, we are.
Love you, kid.
Each day we are given on this Earth is a gift. Today is your chance for personal growth. And if we live by this theory, the world will grow with us.
You didn’t come across this story accidentally. This story found you, to give you this life-lesson.
Judge not, for the most beautiful creatures can come in surprising packages.
Take this lesson to heart, spread kindness and polish your soul. Society will be rewarded by the brave acts of its loving people.
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