Lauren Bergner knew that a recent trip to Disney World would present a few challenges, especially for her son, Brody. The youngest of her three boys, Brody has autism, making crowds and unfamiliar places particularly difficult for the 6-year-old and his family. Although Lauren had spent months trying to prepare Brody for the trip, she knew that a meltdown was still likely inevitable.
So after hopping from one ride to the next, on hot Florida afternoon, Brody had finally had it. While waiting in line to meet Snow White at Epcot, the youngest Bergner broke down. His mom, Lauren telling TODAY Parents “It’s not his fault. “Brody was overheated, sweating and overwhelmed by everything,” Lauren recalled. “He just started crying.”
So when their turn came to meet the Disney princess, something completely unexpected happened. Snow White, seeing Brody was in distress and likely had special needs, slowly approached him. Brody’s parents watching in awe as he began to calm down. Seeing the crowd of people was still making Brody nervous, the Disney icon took young Brody for a walk, away from the other people who were waiting in line. “She lead him to a bench and he was leaning into her and she was hugging him. Brody loves squeezes and soft, soothing voices. He was laying his head crying on her lap. She kissed, hugged and cuddled him,” Bergner wrote in a Facebook post. Brody’s mom overcome with emotion, posting photos of the interaction and adding of Snow White “She was amazing!”
Lauren says the crowd of people waiting in line behind the family for their chance to meet Snow White was more than understanding. “I turned around and they started clapping,” she said. “It was this magical moment that we will never, ever forget.” Lauren hopes to connect with the actress who gave them such a special memory, closing her post saying “I would love to personally thank her. We will never forget this moment.”
It’s stories such as this that show how a little understanding can go a long way. How a simple act of kindness can often make all the difference in the world, and most importantly, how showing a little empathy and patience can truly be the easiest way to make others feel welcome and accepted.