Originally Posted by Allegra
This one was really cute. A parish I sometimes attend has a single dad that has a young son with autism. He was reading scripture in Mass one week and his little boy walked up to the altar in the middle of the reading. The dad didn't miss a beat. He picked the little guy and continued reading. The little boy because repeating everything his dad was saying echolalicly. When everyone responded "Thanks be to God", the little boy scowled at the congregation and said, "Shhhhh!" It was soooo cute.
Not quite as good as yours, but when I was lectoring and my son was 4 or 5, there were some times that my wife stayed home with our daughter due to illness. We were sitting near friends so I tried to convince him he would be okay while I went 10 feet away to read. He decided he'd rather stay by my side. A number of parishioners commented on his patience.