to the cashier

I left my kids in the car with my husband the other day to grab a few items at the grocery store. The work involved in hauling two children, a car seat and the stroller into the store is quite the task. I rushed through the aisles to grab my golden items, hoping that my husband was not dealing with screaming children as I mentally planned dinner for the evening. I set my items down, watched as she scanned them one by one, zoning out a bit, and pulled my card out to pay, “I love seeing your son in here”, she stated, and I smiled, semi-glancing up. “I admire you and your husband, you know.” I lifted my head and made direct eye contact with her, while my eyes moistened. “Thank you” I said sincerely. It caught me off guard… because what I remember is that each time we are in the store, my son is either running off towards the bananas, or playing the “get in, get out of the cart”  game- over and over and over.

“I have a nephew with Autism, and he brings more joy to our family than anyone.” She smiled as she spoke.

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It is rare that people will address the fact that Noah has “special needs”. They watch and grin, some blatantly stare, some scowl at his loudness… but, I always wonder if the cashiers who speak to him think of me as an over-bearing, helicopter mother who answers for her 4 year old son. I always give a smile and a polite pause as if I too am expecting him to answer back, “i’m four”, “my name is Noah”, “yes, I want a sticker” (to eat).

I shared with the cashier that day that Noah has Angelman Syndrome and that it is similar to Autism in some regards. I always make a point to say how joyful he is, and that despite the challenges, it’s the biggest blessing in my life. It felt good to be able to give “it” a name, and share about his precious life.

She got it. She made it approachable, this whole special needs thing. A woman, I do not know. We need more people like you. Thank you.


3 thoughts on “to the cashier

  1. I am glad she spoke up and let you know how brave and special you and Matty are! Noah is such a joy and she said it perfectly about her nephew, Noah DOES bring more joy to our family because of how beautiful of a child he is! ♥ C

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