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Charity Stewart Robinson was moved by a moment of kindness that she witnessed between her son and an anonymous man. Now, this moment has turned into a new friendship.

Robinson, from Gladewater, Texas, was with her family at a rodeo on Saturday, June 13, when her recently adopted son Lincoln went up to a stranger and began engaging him. Lincoln has sensory processing disorder as well as a language disorder, so Robinson was touched to see him interacting so easily with the unknown man. She snapped a photo of their interaction and uploaded it to Facebook.


Along with the photo, Robinson posted the following.

Dear stranger next to us at the rodeo,
When my son came up to you and grabbed your arm, you didn’t know he used to be terrified of people. When he talked to you about the bulls, you didn’t know he was diagnosed with a language disorder. When he jumped in your lap and laughed as you tickled him, you didn’t know he had a sensory processing disorder. You also didn’t know that as his mother, I sat in my seat with tears running down my face, sneaking this photo. When we adopted him a few short months ago, we didn’t know how long it would take for him to laugh, play and engage others like this. You didn’t know any of this, but you took time to connect with a child who has had to fight to learn to connect. My heart is full. Thank you.

Robinson’s post was shared so rapidly that when she woke up the morning after posting it, she was put in contact with the “stranger” from the rodeo, Robinson said in a post on her Facebook page. His name is Jason Taylor, and he’s the preacher of Bar None Cowboy Church in Tatum, Texas.

Robinson and her family drove the 45 minutes so Lincoln could visit with his new friend and his congregation.



Last night when I shared that photo, he was a stranger,” Robinson wrote on her Facebook page. “Today he is a friend we sat next to in church.”

Originally published: June 18, 2015
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