Below is a follow-up correspondence from Brad whose story appears on my blog yesterday:
Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
I got “PD’ed” at church today. I was a visitor and had no sooner entered than I was greeted by a young man with very obvious Down Syndrome. He instantly spotted my shaking hand and said with a big smile,
“Don’t worry, you don’t have to be nervous, it’s only Ash Wednesday. Or perhaps you’re very excited because you have such a beautiful wife!”
From his perspective there was absolutely nothing “wrong” with me; to the contrary everything was “right” with me. My partner and I agreed that there was a profound lesson to be learned from this man’s innocent and perceptive observation.