"I don't want to break his spirit"
Throughout the years others have tried though... I watched his smile fade as he encountered ignorance and lack of acceptance (specifically in school). I remember looking at this brown headed blue-eyed cutie and thinking "Why can't they just see what I do?"
I have watched that smile return the past 2 years and his spark reignite as we found a place for him in the world where others DID see him the way I did. A place where he is accepted and respected.
It wasn't about changing him to fit the world, it was more about changing the world around him to fit what he needed.