A Commotion at the Check-Out-Lane


“May I help you?”

Recently I was in Walgreens and as I approached the checkout counter, there was a mother struggling with a boy.  The boy was jumping up and down and yelling some undistinguishable sounds.  He seemed out of control.  Yet the mother talked softly and calmly to him while trying at the same time to place her items on the counter.

I thought to myself, “That boy needs some discipline right now, right here!”

Then a thought, from the Holy Spirit, I think, flashed onto the screen of my mind: “This child is autistic.”

Immediately my attitude softened and I said to the mother, “May I help you?” Later, I wished I would have added, “You are a kind, caring and patient mother.” Krista Mason, the mother of an autistic child says,  “Please remember that we, the parents, enormously need support and encouragement.  The most helpful expression communicates, “You are doing a great job.  This is not easy, and we see that. How can we be helpful?”

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