Recently, I watched a video on Twitter, that made me cry. I watched it repeatedly, as the tears streamed down my face. Afterward, I wondered why I was so emotional. Why was my face soaked and I was wiping my eyes and blowing my nose? And I realized, this is just me. I become emotional when I see others bestowing kindness toward anyone, with or without a disability. However, it touches a special place in my heart if the person is disabled because my son has special needs.
Everybody know I love Shanquis and that he loves the WWE, so it was only right I got him a belt for Christmas 🎄😊 pic.twitter.com/jPLlCWOWuZ
— Charles Thompson Jr (@cttjr3) December 22, 2017
Seeing these acts of kindness is wonderful, because lately I’ve noticed the opposite. There have been a number of violent attacks on people with disability. Not too long ago, my local news reported an attack of a disabled man who was waiting for public transportation. Then there was the disabled man who was kidnapped and beat, while the attackers streamed the incident on Facebook Live. And lastly, the many reports I hear of abuse by staff at residential facilities. All these acts of abuse trouble me and it causes me feel hopeless, as I wonder if there are any good, trustworthy, and loving people in the world.
Then, I stumble upon this Twitter video and my heart is filled with joy. Hope is restored in me, that there are kind, trustworthy and loving people in this world. People who may one day be, a caretaker for my disabled son, long after I am gone.