Mom Posts About Daughter’s Interaction With A Stranger Has The Internet Talking

Pam Rose is a proud and loving mother of two beautiful girls named Sophia and Emma. Sophia was born with Down’s syndrome and has taught Rose so much about life and motherhood when parenting a child with a disability. Using her love for photography and journalism, Rose started a Facebook page called Slice of Life, where she documents moments from her family’s day-to-day.

Recently, Rose experienced an encounter while at a local coffeeshop that left her in tears. Knowing that she had to share the powerful event on her Facebook page, Rose detailed what transpired when a stranger approached her and Sophia with tears in his eyes and offered the most beautiful kind of encouragement. Since writing about the encounter, Rose’s post has gone viral, moving thousands to share the precious story.

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Rose’s Facebook post is transcribed below:

“I sat in Tim Horton’s with my daughter’s as I do often. Two ladies sitting near us started to stare and whisper. This is a pretty frequent occurrence for us you see; because my daughter Sophia was born with Down Syndrome. I sat there and watched these two women crane their necks to get a better look at her; completely oblivious to the fact that I was staring right back. Today it bothered me. It really bothered me.

Just then, a couple approached me, and I thought, “Oh great! More people who want to take a closer look!”

The man greeted Sophia with a high five and a handshake, and Sophia smiled and waved back. He looked at me with tears in his eyes and said, “I have a story I would really like to share with you. But I am afraid I wont get through it without choking up.” I gently encouraged him to share, because now I was curious. This interaction was not what I was expecting.

He told me that he had watched the news last night. There was an interview of a mother who had recently given birth to a child with a major disability. She was on the news defending her decision to keep her baby. She was defending her choice NOT to terminate despite her doctors encouraging her to do so. He said, “The point is, you never know a persons impact on the world. You can never know what a person is able to do unless you give them a chance.” He looked at me just before he turned to walk away and said, “You are a beautiful person. Your daughter is beautiful. Congratulations!”

I immediately started to cry. There I sat in the middle of a coffee shop crying into a paper napkin. That man was the first complete stranger to ever congratulate me on the birth of my daughter Sophia. He was the first complete stranger to recognize her WORTH. Her VALUE. Her BEAUTY.

In a world where my daughter’s life is whispered about, where she is stared at, this man saw her IMPORTANCE.”


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