I will be blogging about our exciting trip to the White House soon- hopefully tonight or tomorrow- but right now I have something that I just have to get off my chest. We went to the local Down Syndrome spring picnic today. The skies were very cloudy but thankfully it didn't rain. Lila had a fantastic time! (And for my family- yes- I took a lot of pictures.) BUT.....
As we were leaving this couple was walking toward the pavilion. They didn't have any kids with them so they must have been meeting someone at the picnic. They looked over at Lila, riding happily in her stroller, and the woman said to the man, "See? She's cute. They don't all look like that."
Oh, man, that really didn't sit well with me. I kept walking but I could feel the heat travel from my feet all the way up to my face and I knew that my cheeks were flaming red. When I got to our car I asked Nick if he had heard what she said. He hadn't. I told him, then I watched the heat travel to his face. He looked at me and said, "I really wish you wouldn't tell me stuff like that." And got in the car.
But really. What possesses people to say things like that? Obviously they know someone that has Down Syndrome or they wouldn't have been there. Was she trying to give Lila some back-handed compliment? Doubt it. She didn't say it quietly but the comment wasn't for our benefit. I just don't get it.