If you hang out with me over on Facebook then you know that I am always looking for a little “good in this world” and I will share it every chance I get. Especially when it is good that has been done in the special needs and autism community. Since so many struggle from day to day and moment to moment never knowing what the day will bring, it helps to read articles that give you the warm and fuzzies! It can put a little pep in your step and turn your own day around. Ya feel me?
So what did this man do? He took a step toward making this world we live in a lot more tolerable for all human beings. He put a smile on many faces. And the photo, shared by a complete stranger, went viral online.
This man,21-year-old Godfrey Cuotto, opened his hand (literally) and his heart and put himself second. It makes me feel hopeful and thankful that this world does have compassion and there are more people like Cuotto out there. It seems like a daily search but these people DO exist! Here’s the photo that went viral.
He was boarding a bus when Robert, a man with special needs (reportedly, Robert has cerebral palsy and is deaf), grabbed his hand, in what seemed like a handshake but Robert had no intention of letting go. What would you do if this happened? Honestly, I think I would be a little surprised but I would like to believe that my reaction would be the same as Cuotto’s.
At just 21 years of age, Cuotto thought he was being pranked, until he realized he was not. Instead of trying to pull away or remove Robert’s hand from his own, he took a moment to realize that Robert seemed overwhelmed and needed help.
According to HuffPost, over the course of the 30-minute bus ride (which Cuotto stayed on until Robert got off at his stop), Robert held Cuotto’s hand, kissed his hand, leaned on him and hugged him. Cuotto is quoted say, “Sometimes you just have to be selfless and put someone else’s needs above yours.” YES YES and YES! Can we clone him?
Cuotto gives full credit to his mama and told HuffPost, “My mother’s the best. I was raised by a queen.” I’d like to give both him and his mom a hug!
I hope this gives you the warm and fuzzies it gave me. Every time I encounter positive being done in this world I promise to share it. The more we share the positive, the more people will be touched and the move we can help the general public become more tolerable of people with special needs. After all, they deserve to be treated just the same as you and I.