Thursday, May 20, 2010

What would you do?

Yesterday I received an e-mail from our local Down Syndrome association. It asked us to watch a program that was aired last night on ABC. I've watched this show before and it usually has me stunned and fuming. The show last night had me fuming and also left me feeling very sad. The program is called, What would you do?

Click on this link below to watch a clip from the show that aired last night:

This made Gavin very sad!

It made his Momma very sad as well!

I realize that this type of thing happens, but it's discouraging to see it acted out. Sometimes I just can't understand why people are so cruel! This world is so full of hatred and it really depresses me!

I know that I would have said something to a person that was treating anyone, Down syndrome or not, this way! I hope that I would be eloquent in my response to them, but I have a feeling that my anger would get the best of me.

Do me and Gavin a favor. If you ever see something like this happen.....please speak up and let this person know that it's NOT OK to treat people like this! Thank you!

This would make Gavin and I very happy!

"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." John 15:13


Kelly said...

I watched that piece and I found myself a sobbing hot mess!! I know that people can be cruel, but for a split second, I saw Landon 15 years down the road. This SCARES me!! I don't know who I was more angry at, the person doing the berating or the "" bystanders! I have to have hope and faith that there are more good people in this world!!

I'm thinking of creating a "forever bubble"

Michelle said...

I would NEVER treat another person like that and having Lillian has certainly opened my own eyes to my intolerances. I would have trouble controlling my anger if I witnessed something of this nature. Good for the older woman who jumped in there!

Alicia said...

I can't even begin to imagine not standing up and saying something, even before Marissa was born. I have always been a sensitive person. I wasn't in the "in crowd" at school, and while I was never really bullied, I felt what it was like to be on the outside looking in. I never would allow myself to witness another human being to be treated in this manner, Down Syndrome, other special needs, or not!

I know that, even though this was acting on the part of the clerk and the mean lady, the responses from the "innocent by-standers" were real. I hope and pray more people can be like the one lady and stand up for those who may not be able to stand up for themselves.

God bless you and Gavin.

Lacey said...

i saw the clip but missed the show because of a baseball game. (of course) I want to watch the whole thing.

Michelle said...

he's so cute in that last picture!

it was hard to watch the people standing by not saying anything, but for the ones who did - wow they were great!

I like to live in my bubble and hope we don't ever encounter situations like that, but hopefully be prepared if we do.

April said...

Oh I'm so glad that frown turned upside down! :) I just love that little face! I'm anxious to watch that clip.

Becky said...

Ditto to what April said! Such a beautiful boy!!! :)

Hope said...

Wow, I'm shocked that there were people who actually stayed quiet.

Gavin is adorable, as always!