As we were exiting the theater, smiling and talking about our favorite scenes, we spied a "small person" walking in front of us. Clearly not a kid, but way to short to be a regular grown up. Alex and Caleb immediately looked up at us with eyebrows raised and pure shock on their faces. Faster than lightning, we steered (OK, dragged) them away from the unsuspecting man. When we were out of earshot of anyone around us we explained what was wrong with the man and that some people are born different than other people. We then went on to explain how everyone is special in God's eyes.....That if they saw the man again, they should not stare but could say hi to him if they wanted. We did good job.
This assessment of our parenting performance is evidenced by 3 things. 1)The kids didn't say anything embarrassing in front of the small man. 2) We did not noticeably laugh at the incredulous looks on their faces. and 3)We managed to turn the moment in to a valuable life lesson.
You've gotta love the unfiltered innocence of kids. After our talk, they looked for the man as hard as they could without breaking free from our hands and running around the courtyard.
"What are you guys looking for?"
"We want to say hi to the little guy."