“Everyone you meet has something valuable to teach you.”
We recently had an after-the-holidays family gathering. We hold this yearly gathering at our oldest son’s because they have the most kids and it’s easiest for them to host rather than travel.
One of their sons is Jon. Jon is in his twenties, sure of himself, and autistic. His speech, which he uses to generously share his ideas, is unintelligible to most people. But that did not stop Jon from calling the family gathering to order and offering the blessing before we stepped up to the buffet. We knew he was at the end of the blessing when we recognized the word, amen, and repeated it as a group.
Later in the afternoon Jon stood in front of me as I sat on one of the sofas. He shared some ideas with me, which I didn’t understand, and ended by giving a curt nod as he handed me a nickel before he walked away. I put the nickel into my pocket.
At the end of the afternoon, as people were getting their coats and saying goodby, Jon stood in the middle of our group and started to talk. My son, his dad, who can understand a lot of what Jon says, looked at me and said, “Jon said that you’re his favorite.” Probably a fleeting honor, but one that I cherish.
It’s lovely to be seen in a positive light by one of the kindest people on this planet. Thanks, Jon. The nickel is in my pocket. A nice reminder about the importance of kindness.
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.