When you have one or two kids with special needs, you learn to ride the roller coaster that's your life, but some weeks, the day-to-day gets too much. That's when the kindness of strangers becomes so important--and for Miriam Gwynne, a mom to autistic, mostly non-verbal twins who lives in Scotland, literally life-saving.
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The Gwynne family had a tough week. Besides autism and learning disabilities, Isaac, 7, has neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes benign tumors to grow throughout your brain and spinal cord. Even though the tumors are usually benign, the boy still had to go through MRIs and other medical procedures--plus a new teacher at school. It was too much for the 7-year-old, and although he was being brave, "we had to put up with some challenging behaviors," his mom wrote on her blog, Faith Mummy.
Her daughter, Naomi, was going through her own stresses--a loose tooth, end of school, a friend who was away. She stopped eating. In desperation, Gwynne took the twins to their local pizza place, in the hopes that Naomi would eat the pasta, which she loves.
Naomi did--and the restaurant manager noticed, telling Gwynne that she'd put more on the buffet table in case the girl wanted seconds. Gwynne got so emotional that she confessed that her daughter, who was autistic, really only ate the pasta. When the family got up to pay, the manager had a present for them: a tray of pasta to take home.
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That simple act of kindness helped Gwynne get through the rest of her week.
via Love What Matters
Learning to be tomato https://t.co/UlwabzKrVE pic.twitter.com/HONQmOwCw8— Miriam Gwynne (@GwynneMiriam) March 22, 2016
Learning to be tomato https://t.co/UlwabzKrVE pic.twitter.com/HONQmOwCw8
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