Parents who have children with special needs become accustomed to people staring at their kids. We become accustomed to staring, but that doesn't mean we are okay with it.
One time, when Cody was young enough that he sat in a stroller, we were in a department store and a young boy followed us around, gawking at Cody. We had no clue where his mother was, but evidently she was not keeping an eye on her obnoxiously curious son.
Somewhere in the infant department, Don lost all composure. He told the boy there was a booger hanging out of his nose and that sent the kid running.
I tell you this story, not because it's something I am proud of (though Don will tell you it was one of his best moments), but to give you a glimpse of what it's like every. single. time. we take Cody out in public. There are times when it can be painfully heartbreaking.
While I was scanning through Autism boards on Pinterest last week, I came across the following pin...
I showed it to Don, mentioning that I would like to have this quote printed on a t-shirt and he said, "Hell, can I get it printed on a tie and wear it to church?"
Sadly, Don is right. We can't get away from ill-mannered people, even while we worship.