Kionna Montazeri had enjoyed a lovely meal at Olive Garden with her disabled husband Dusty and their 8-year-old daughter. However, when they got back to their car, they were in for a shock.
Someone had left a horrible yellow note on their car windshield. It was not only misjudged but very rude. The writer or writers of the note assumed that nobody in the family was disabled. They, therefore, accused the Montazeri family of abusing the disabled parking spot they had parked their car in.
Not only did they misjudge that, but they also left an incredibly rude comment.
The note read, “Disabled? No. Just your big fat asses.”
That is a horrible thing to write. The author is obviously ignorant that some disabilities aren’t immediately visible. There is no excuse for the rude comments.
Kionna and Dusty tried to grab the note before their daughter saw, but were unfortunately too late. She was wondering why a stranger would say such horrible things. So Kionna decided to use the situation to teach her daughter a valuable lesson of kindness. Her response has since gone viral.
“To the person/persons that left this note on my car at the Olive Garden on Memorial in OKC today, I’d like to say thank you!”
“Your misguided and uninformed attempt to shame me and my family provided an opportunity to teach my 8 year old daughter a lesson. Upon seeing this note, she said ‘Mom, why would someone do that? They don’t even know us.’
“This coming from a little girl who’s daddy will never get to walk her down the aisle, because, he is in fact disabled. So we explained to her that some people just have hate in their hearts. We further explained how your actions can deeply affect others around you, and how she should always be conscious of others feelings.
“I explained that she was right. These people didn’t know us. They didn’t know that my husband has Muscular Dystrophy and has struggled with it his entire life. They didn’t know that even though his doctors advised him to go into a wheelchair years ago, he refused, and instead, remained on his own two feet until he finally fell for the last time, blowing out both knees and breaking an ankle. They didn’t understand that we’ve spent the last 2 years learning to adjust to a life in which he can’t even stand up to get in and out of a car.
“They didn’t see that I’ve torn my rotator cuff lifting on him to assist him in his transitions. They have no idea that he already lives in constant pain, and that their hurtful words would only add to that. They didn’t know that the reason that he has a belly is because there are no stomach muscles left to hold everything in tight.
“They didn’t know that our 8 year old already struggles to understand why her daddy can’t run and play with her the way other daddies do. They just didn’t know. And because they didn’t know, they allowed the hate in their hearts to get the better of them.
Being The Better Person
“So again, I’d just like to say Thank You.
“Your ignorance provided a wonderful opportunity for me and my husband, who have struggled and survived and come out stronger in the last couple of years, to not only teach our daughter a valuable lesson, but provided another opportunity for us to overcome and to be thankful for the blessings that continue to come our way!”
Kionna hopes that her Facebook post will make it to the path of whoever left the note. Hopefully, they will think about their actions. Maybe in future, they won’t be so quick to assume or judge and maybe even apologise to her disabled husband Dusty.
What do you make of Kionna’s powerful response to the note? She seems to be raising her daughter in the right way to be a kind and caring adult. Let us know what you think in the comments. Share this story with your friends and family, and check out similar stories on Happiest.