YDS, 4, is participating in a children's athletic program. Because ODS' summer program doesn't start until next week and I work days, DH has had to take ODS with him to YDS' program. (This is allowed.)
Now, ODS, 7, has Down Syndrome. He's at a pretty high level, but he's visibly different. And in some ways he's socially behind YDS. But he's a good kid and likes to talk to people. He's been a bit bored at YDS' program, because most people are busy with their own stuff and ignore him. And don't get me wrong, I don't blame people for that at all, but something happened today that I think was really awfully nice.
DS was watching YDS take part in a competition, while ODS sat next to him and watched. DH said he was fairly obviously bored.
Another little boy about DS' age, with a bright red, white and blue-colored mohawk hairstyle, came up to him, said "Hi, buddy!" and sat down next to him. They chatted for a bit (DS' vocabulary is limited, but DH said the other little boy worked with that gamely) and then the other boy had to go off for an event.
A bit later, they were watching another event, and the same boy came back, sat down with ODS and talked with him some more. When he stood up, DH thanked him. The boy looked at him and said, "He reminds me of my little brother," bid ODS farewell and went off. His time, though, just about made ODS' day. More than anything else, I think he wants to be treated just like the other kids.
DS later found the boy's mom and told her what a kind son she had.
The whole story makes me sniffle a little.