Today was a day I have been dreading since Lilypad Princess learned to talk. She noticed that someone was different from her and began to verbalize what she had noticed. While we have talked about everyone being different and the same in the past, I wasn't sure how much she was understanding without actually noticing the differences. I had hoped that I would be able to use the first time as a learning experience for her, but in this case the person was another 3 year old little girl with a very obvious physical disability. While I would hope that an adult would understand a child's curiosity, I did not want LP to make her feel uncomfortable.
When I realized it was the little girl that LP wanted to show me, I distracted her and got her involved in playing with the girl. She quickly forget that her new friend looked different and they were soon taking turns and laughing together. As curious as kids can be, it is wonderful how quickly they forget any differences and focus on their similarities. If only adults could be the same way.
Once we were in the car and again before bed, we talked about her friend, disabilities, and hurt feelings. I would love to get some books to read with LP that will cover this even more, does anyone have any recommendations?