As parents, we do our best to protect our kids from harm. We want to stand up for them and defend them and shield them from the bad things in the world and hope that their lives are forever filled with sunshine and rainbows. But that’s not real. We try but there are some things even superdads and supermoms can’t do.
Artist and dad Robb Scott posted a video to his Facebook page after an incident at a store made him feel he failed his son. And he wanted to right that wrong.
See, he overheard a conversation between another father and son. The boy asked his father what Down syndrome is and his father replied that it is an illness of “not knowing anything.” Scott acknowledges that he didn’t think the man was trying to be mean about it; but he also didn’t correct him. And he was ashamed he didn’t say anything — because his son has Down syndrome and he knows nothing could be further from the truth.
Like many of us, he realized what he should have said after the moment was over. But he still felt sick about it so he expressed his feelings on Facebook, explaining why the other dad’s reaction was misinformed.
“Down syndrome is literally one of the most beautiful things that’s ever happened to my life. It’s not an illness. Down syndrome is the best thing that has ever happened to me, but I didn’t say that. I didn’t step up for my son and for other people with Down syndrome.”
His five-minute video will educate you, touch you and break your heart because every parent has felt like they’ve let down their child at one point or another. Scott may think he disappointed his son by not saying something to that man and his kid. And, sure, had he said something he would’ve reached them. But with his video he’s reached hundreds of thousands of people. We think his son would be nothing but proud.