Conservative Wanderer

“A troubled and afflicted mankind looks to us, pleading for us to keep our rendezvous with destiny; that we will uphold the principles of self-reliance, self-discipline, morality, and, above all, responsible liberty for every individual that we will become that shining city on a hill.” — Ronald Wilson Reagan

Houston Waiter Stands Up For Down’s Syndrome Boy

Three cheers for Michael Garcia, a waiter at Laureno’s in Houston. reports:

Michael Garcia, a waiter at Laurenzo’s, was serving a family who have been regulars since the restaurant opened. The family includes 5-year-old Milo, who has Down syndrome.

“Milo wasn’t being bad, he was just talking and making little noises,” Garcia told But a customer at a nearby table who was also with his family began making comments about Milo.

The customer got up from the table and moved his family to another table further away from Milo, but still in Garcia’s serving section.

Garcia said the man continued talking about Milo and said, “special needs children need to be special somewhere else.”

“My personal feelings took over because that’s ignorance in my opinion and I told him ‘Sir, I won’t be able to serve you,’” Garcia tells

After all the attacks against Sarah Palin’s Down Syndrome baby, Trig, including Andrew Sullivan’s endless quest to find “proof” that Sarah herself didn’t give birth to Trig — which reminds me of people who keep trying to find “proof” that the world is hollow and there’s another world inside — it’s very nice to see someone standing up for Down Syndrome children.

Also, as someone with disabilities, and with good friends who also have disabilities, it’s heartwarming to see someone who is willing to stand up for us, because in many cases we can’t help being a little different.

If I ever get to Houston, I hope to be able to visit Laurenzo’s and thank Michael in person.

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