Mall Santa Melts Mother’s Heart By Comforting Her Autistic Son [PHOTO]
The mother of an 8-year-old autistic boy took to Facebook to share a heartwarming story about a mall Santa who comforted her son with words of encouragement.
Naomi Johnson took her son, Landon, to see Santa Claus at the RiverTown Crossings Mall in Grandville, Michigan. Like all the other kids, Landon got to take his photo with Santa–but as the family waited for their pictures to develop Landon walked back over to have a chat with Santa.
According to his mother, Landon doesn't normally open up, but on this day he felt the need to confess to Santa that he was afraid his autism would put him on the "naughty" list.
What happened next will melt your heart.
I had an AMAZING experience w the Santa at the RiverTown Crossings Mall and I want to share my story with you:
My child is amazing! He has his quirks and drives me bonkers, but he is amazing! The other day he went to see Santa w the cousins. He said his peace to the old man in red and walked away. While aunt Brittany waited for pictures to print, he went back to Santa bc he wanted to tell him that he has Autism. He was flapping his hands, all excited to let Santa know that he has autism.
Santa sat him next to him and took L's hands in his and started rubbing them, calming them down. Santa asked L if it bothered him, having Autism? L said yes, sometimes. Then Santa told him it shouldn't. It shouldn't bother him to be who he is. L told Santa that sometimes he gets in trouble at school and it's hard for people to understand that he has autism, and that he's not a naughty boy. Santa told L to not worry and that he has been a very good boy being who he is. They sat, and chatted for at least 5 mins. Santa payed close attention and listened to him. This just melts this momma's heart! My child is a great advocate for himself. But this day was different. He opened up to this person about who he was and he was accepted. He wasn't a science experiment, like he gets treated when most people find out he autistic. He was Landon, sitting with Santa and being told that it was ok to be himself. Mommy tells him all the time that he's special and I love him the way he was made, but it's always nice to hear it from others. To be told that it's ok to be who he is.
We have met a lot of amazing people in our Autism journey, but this one made the top of the list.
Shout out to the Santa at the RiverTown Crossings Mall. You.are.AMAZING!
You've heard the saying "not all superheroes wear capes," but clearly one in the RiverTown Crossings Mall wears a Santa suit.