RE: Luke - I assumed that being deaf might've hindered his taste ability - how often do we all have ear infections and/or colds and things taste differently to us? That was just my assumption, though.
I can't judge him for his tantrums - yes, it'd be easy for me to tell him to man up but I'm not walking in his shoes. I don't know if he tastes the cups and they all taste the same. IDK if there's something else going on and he doesn't know how to deal with emotions well. But I do know what it's like to have young kids who have meltdowns and I'll get the looks and stares but no one realizes the only reason they're with me in the store is to buy their antibiotics or something like that. But it's so easy for us to judge others w/o knowing the full story. [And this isn't meant towards anyone who has posted before me - this is just my philosophy on it all. ]
Regarding Margie if she was enabling him, then she would've let him give up and throw in the towel. Instead, she encouraged and cheered him on and praised him when he finally completed the task. Isn't that what we moms should be teaching our kids - not to give up, even when things seem desperate and they'd like nothing more to take the easy way out and walk away? I think she did a great job.
I, too, loved when the Indian men were cheering him on - it's the best part of the human spirit - to cheer on those who are down and out and I loved that they showed it's universal.