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5/14/2010

A trip to Little Italy and a lesson learned.....


  My hubby had a dentist appointment up at the Case Western Reserve Dental School in Cleveland on a Monday morning, so we decided we would all go and have a 
"Family Fun Day."
So, I decided to try and find Little Italy.
I had been there years ago, as it was behind the hospital that my Mom used 
to go to for her Cancer appointments.
I hadn't been there since the last time she was in the hospital right before she died.
So, I wasn't sure that I really wanted to go.
But, we did.
I found this lovely little Patisserie.
I think that's what they called it.


So in we went.
And got some yummy treats.
What Chloe is eating is my first ever taste of Italian Gelato.
It was yummy.
But she kept eyeballing it!
FINE!
TAKE IT!
I gave birth to her, isn't that enough?
But apparently not.
Humph!


Isaac was having such a great time...more to come on him in a bit



Ty got a cookie.
A large cookie.  
He was so enthralled with the ding dong thing!



I wish I had taken more pictures of the beauty of it all.
But, alas, all I could concentrate on was the children that seemingly surrounded me.
While wondering "are they really all mine?"
Like, I have to take care of them? 
ALL of them?
Ok, I know there is only four, 
but when there is only one of you....
because your husband is at the dentist office.
It's scary.
Anyway, so on to the lesson learned.

Isaac broke his leg in January of this year.
And had to be in a wheel chair for 6 weeks.
I think you knew that...
but.
I never knew what it was to have a "handicapped" child until then.
To have people stare.
They often couldn't see his cast, just a child in a wheel chair.
And people wonder, ya know?
It's normal, I suppose.
But still, somewhat aggravating when you get it every where you go.

So, while standing in line, this man in a wheel chair came in behind us.
He had an electric chair. 
He had obviously been born with a debilitating disease.
And was maybe somewhat tired of people staring at him.
And as Isaac is wont to do, he looked at this man.
Though, not because of his disability,
but because of his REALLY COOL CHAIR!
And so, I don't know if this is right or not,
but I encouraged Isaac to go talk to this man.
I knew he wanted to.
So, here he goes.
I'm nervous just telling this story thinking of all the different directions this could have went.
Iz went right up to him and said:
"Are you broke?'
I just about cried.
This man looked at me, and SMILED.
I think he was relieved.
Relieved that someone would ask INSTEAD OF JUST STARE AND WONDER.
And so, him and Isaac had a nice talk.
About his really cool chair and how he was born like that because "Jesus made him different."
I have always wondered how to handle situations like that.
Kids are so curious.
And usually not in a bad way.
They just wonder.
So, why not encourage them to ask?

Isaac went to this man after we had all sat down and gave him a Bible tract.
He sat at his table and read the whole thing.
I hope to see him in Heaven one day.
RUNNING down the streets of gold.

Lesson: JUST ASK.

What do you think?


9 comments:

Hannah says hi! said...

What a sweet story! God might just have used the broken leg so that Isaac could relate with that man and give him the gospel; Praise the Lord!!! Also, did Ty eat that whole cookie? Besides the devine appointment, it looks like you had a wonderful time.

PS ~ I love your new blog design!

~Amy~ said...

No, Ty did not eat the whole cookie. He could only take down about 1/4 of it. I think his siblings were more than willing to help though. :)

The Doll Family said...

You are a good mom! :) I admire you!

Jaime said...

Yep ~ you did the right thing. :) Not sure if you know or not, but my little brother was born w/ Spina Bifida and spent his life in a wheelchair. I know that we always preferred that people just ask instead of stare. And I haven't met a person (wheelchair or just slightly disabled)yet who didn't mind being asked. Glad you had a good time on your trip! :)

~Amy~ said...

I did know that Jaime. Thanks for the input. I had honestly never really thought about it until we were in that situation. I am glad to hear it from someone else who has been there.

S P said...

what a great experience for everyone involved!! I'm sure even the man in the wheelchair learned from the sweet, inquisitive mind of Isaac, Amy! You're a great momma! <3

Anonymous said...

Gale wants a big cookie!!!

~Amy~ said...

Maybe if Gale came and visited she could have a big cookie!

tim & wanda marker said...

I AM GLAD YOU ENCOURAGED HIM TO TALK TO THE MAN. AS A MOM OF A SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD/ADULT (NEXT WEEK), I WISH PEOPLE WOULD NOT STARE. THE MAMMA BEAR COMES OUT IN ME AND I WANT TO RIP OUT THEIR EYEBALLS. (ALL IN CHRISTIAN LOVE)
AMY, DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN TAWNI WAS YOUNGER AND HER SPEECH WAS VERY BAD??????? A LADY CAME UP TO US AND ASK WHAT LANQUAGE OUR DAUGHTER SPOKE.THAT WAS VERY FUNNY!! MISS YA GIRL