High School Student Gave A Surprise Gift To His Special Needs Friend: His Reaction Was Priceless!
December 27, 2018 12:48 By Fabiosa
Sadly, even in developed countries, there is still a category of ‘invisible’ people: those, whom people prefer to avoid for various reasons. They include people with special needs, because when we meet such a person, we sometimes look away out of awkwardness, right? But each of them deserves a normal life like anybody else: an opportunity for education, communication, work, and kindness.
We have already written about a girl with special needs who became a model, and about a couple that opened a coffee shop staffed exclusively with intellectually and developmentally disabled employees, but there are many more examples of people with special needs being integrated into society.
Jake Marr is an ordinary high school student from Arizona.
He’s friends with Matthew Sabetta, who suffers from a rare genetic condition, Williams syndrome. This is a developmental disorder characterized by some difficulties in learning and coordination, distinctive facial features, and sometimes problems with the cardiovascular system and teeth. However, people suffering from it are very outgoing, optimistic, and tend to take an interest in others, despite sometimes suffering from attention deficit disorder, anxiety, and phobias.
The boys met at school. Probably some students avoided Matthew, but Jake managed to become his true friend.
Just be kind, talk to them, get to know them, they have the most amazing stories you'll ever hear.
Matthew was very fond of cement trucks, so Jake decided to surprise his friend. He put the toy in a box with bright wrapping paper and handed Matthew the gift right after one of the classes. Needless to say, Sabetta was overwhelmed. His happiness increased even more when he removed the wrapper: the reaction of the teenager was truly priceless.
Each of us has our own idea of kindness, but only to few people does it mean making friends with special needs people, who require it so much. They may seem different, but, in fact, aren't we all different? How is it to be friends with a person with special needs?
The answer is simple and complex at the same time: accept this person unconditionally, disregard condemnation and misunderstanding of some people, and get ready to protect your friend from those who consider themselves superior to the rest. Friendship with such people doesn’t make you ‘good’ or ‘noble.’ Rather, it indicates your willingness to break stereotypes and change someone’s life for the better.
Physical, emotional, and cognitive differences aren’t the worst of vices, are they? We teach children to socialize, to be honest and fair, and to protect the weaker ones. Apparently, Jake's parents didn’t just tell these clichés to their son, but really managed to instill in him compassion, inclusion, and equality.
Jake wanted to make him happy because his amazingly cheerful friend always tries to do the same for him.
It doesn’t always take wealth, beauty, or recognition to be truly happy. The example of Jake and Matthew is worth following. What do you think about this?