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Bath Time for the Brain #2
Recently, a miracle occurred in my life. That miracle came to me in the form of a six-year-old girl who places at a very severe level on the autistic spectrum.
About three weeks ago, I pulled up to a swim lesson as per request of a wonderful woman I work with as a coach on a summer rec swim team. She had asked me to accompany her to this swim lesson in the hopes that I (being about 25-30 years younger than she) would be able to connect and work better with this little girl whom in the interest of privacy, let's just call Sara. I was given a briefing beforehand on the strength and the spitting and the hair pulling and the clawing I may have to endure, much to my dismay, and prepared myself mentally for the worst.
Upon the arrival of Sara and her sweet grandmother, (whom I discovered became her legal guardian due to Sara's mother not wanting to take care of her) my heart just about melted into a puddle at my feet. I loved that little girl from the moment I saw her. Teaching Sara has been hard but since I've been helping work with her she has been improving by leaps and bounds. She has the most beautiful blue eyes I have ever seen, and no matter how difficult the lesson is, I leave with my cheeks aching from smiling so much.
This little miracle lights my entire world up and getting to work with her is both a privilege and a blessing. While Sara does not speak, she echoes us sometimes, her favorite phrases are "One, two, three...jump!" and "Ready, set, go!" I get to make her a part of my life every minute I spend with her and for this, I could not be more thankful.
-Until next time,
© 2017 Isabella Allred