No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:12
Aled, an employee at a McDonald’s in Mold, North Wales went out of his way to make sure an autistic boy had a great dining experience. Remembering him from a previous visit, Aled was patient and friendly with the teen while he ordered:
“…Aled had encouraged Alex to order his own food and find the right money to hand over without rushing him. Aled remembered that my brother didn’t drink out of the bottle for his fruit shoot and offered me an empty cup without me having to ask. “He then came over to our table and offered to swap Alex’s happy meal toy as he had given him the same one the previous evening – my brother loves collecting these toys so getting an extra, new one, was really exciting for him. “Aled said goodbye to us as we left and left Alex feeling really happy and has asked if we can go back again to sit in and I believe that’s because Aled was so friendly towards him!”
This may not seem like a very important story, but Aled’s kindness gave this teen a boost of confidence and even left him eager for more social interactions, which are never easy for those with autism.
This story encapsulates the spirit of the year of mercy, as Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams said, “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”