Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Litmus Test

I seriously think that Joaquin could be the ultimate litmus test for whether or not a person is truly good or capable of true joy and love.

Case in point...going through the airport with Joaquin in the stroller waving hello and blowing kisses to ABSOLUTELY everyone. And he does this with absolute abandon and at the same time is so genuine about it. Watching people's response to this type of open affection was truly remarkable. I felt like I was the director of some social experiment. People either completely "got it" and were just as open with their affection back to him or people just looked with confusion or disbelief. I really feel bad for the latter.

It was so refreshing to see people give the love back to Joaquin or just to see that their day was made brighter by the smile of a child. Even young children were touched by his enthusiasm. On the other hand, it was so sad to see some people who were so inside themselves or so downtrodden that they were not able to embrace or even acknowledge this sweet boy giving them love.

All I can really say is that it was a joy to be a passenger on Joaquin's love train through the airport.


Kelli said...

I smiled just picturing it! Thanks for a great morning smile!

Emily said...

OH, I would love to be a passenger on Joaquine's love train! How sweet is that!? Don't you love it? Justin does the same thing and it is amazing to watch peoples responses.

Kelly said...

Soooo sweet! Isn't it comforting to know that there are "good & accepting" people in this world. Definitely warms the heart! We can't save them all, but we will take what we can get! BTW, you may have a future mayor on your hands! lol

Sasha said...

I am sure he made lots of people's day with his huge smile!!

Sally said...

I too have thought about my special child as a litmus test for peoples' hearts. I've had many surprises from people I thought I knew when presented with her diagnosis. Happily most of them pleasant surprises, thereby teaching me a few things.