There is a mother and son that come into the shop I work in. The son has autism and the mother is the most patient and kind woman. Her son cannot handle baby cries or extreme sounds, so he often times waits in the car, or will pace around the store asking his mom if she's ready to go. Their relationship and friendship over the years I've known them is something I cherish because it teaches me that you never know what people are going through. You never know what children are dealing with and the best thing we can do is be patient, loving, and kind to everyone. Mental illness is not visible on the outside. It is up to us to be understanding and non-judgmental.

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