We have truly evolved when it comes to the world of special education. I remember 20-25 years ago when my little brother was entered into the special education program in public schools. Like all beginnings, most didn’t know what to do, have any resources and treated these kids like a plague so let’s put them all into a room together and shut the door so the rest of the population can’t see them. Now, it’s INCLUSION. And boy has that made a HUGE impact on not only the self-esteem of these children/adults but also the general population of kids. These “regular” kids grow up with them side by side in school and the community. They grow and build humanity, heart, kindness and just plain acceptance of “differences”. They don’t stare and avoid; they offer their friendship without hesitation. I’m very proud of the little ones; they really never fail to amaze me. I’d like to share this amazing little boy’s GIFT to a another boy who has special needs.
There is a tale of a little boy who stood outside for hours to get J.J. Watt’s autograph. J.J. being the amazing man that he is signed his ball with a smile. Then the little boy turned around and saw this…
He saw a young boy in a wheelchair who was not able to make his way up to get an autograph. Having seen J.J. in action I know that if he had seen the boy through the sea of people he would have absolutely signed the ball for the young boy. However, there were hundreds of people in the way. The rest of the story I will let his mother Cynthina Pena tell. This is from her Facebook Page:
“After waking up at the crack of dawn and waiting in line in the heat for hours my kids were finally able to get #JJWATT s autograph, they were beyond thrilled and literally jumped up and down for joy for having him right in front of them. Behind us trying to also get an autograph was a sweet boy who was in a wheel chair and couldn’t reach out enough to get his ball singed as well. I offered to hold up his ball but I had no luck. After all was said and done, we left the area we were at and my son Kanye says to me “ Mom I feel bad for that little boy because he couldn’t get his ball signed, I feel bad that he couldn’t walk or stand to be able to be seen, and I want to give him my ball”. I was amazed at what he was telling me and I looked at my son straight in the eyes and said “ if you really want to do that from the bottom of your heart son, then you go ahead”. I honestly saw a real genuine look in his face and he said “ yes mom I really want to do this for him”. As we were walking he approached the little boy in the wheel chair and said to him “I know you couldn’t get an autograph so you can have mine”. I was in tears and my heart melted from seeing Kanye humbly do this act of kindness on his own just to make another kid happy, even though it meant to give up his joy, he was happy to see him happy. Not to mention Kanye even had his special football and marker ready to go for days before. The little boy smiled and we could tell he was happy, and I asked if I could please get a picture of them together. I want to put this picture in my sons memory book so that he can remember this always, and it can remind him as he gets older of the great act of kindness he did and that staying humble and caring for others is always the right thing to do. Kanye has a heart of gold and never ceases to amaze his daddy and I….couldn’t be more proud of my all around athlete but humble boy!”