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I had a lovely school vacation adventure by taking 20 kiddos who are blind to New Hampshire. What a lot of work, you say???? The work doesn’t compare to the joy that fills my heart as I watch these young children socialize and help each other, several of whom were away from home for the first time, many of whom had never stayed in a hotel, and several of whom had never swum in an indoor swimming pool, (or swim anywhere at all for that fact.) I want to share some heartwarming moments to possibly warm your own hearts as well during this cold, cold winter.

* A six year old Cambodian girl who had never been away from home before and whose mom had not packed properly for her, was wearing a donated bathing suit so large it had to be tied onto her so as to cover the “important parts”. As she held onto the railing of the pool and took that first step into the water, her serious face started to smile. On the second step, the smile grew larger, and on the third step, even larger still. By the time she was in the pool, she had a grin from ear to ear, and was giggling excitedly. She bounced up and down in the water, hearing it splash all around her, laughing louder still! She giggled throughout her first swim, and that made my heart giggle.

* A fourteen year old girl took the initiative to help a seven year old girl, leading her to the activities, bathroom, dining table and so forth, with both of them using their white canes. In school, this teen is often seen as “helpless” or to be pitied. As she conscientiously stuck by the side of the younger girl, choosing to do the activities the younger girl wanted to do instead of more selfishly choosing teen activities, her demonstration of compassion and leadership made her a great role model, not to be pitied but to be admired. Her pride made my heart proud.

* Three young girls, bundled up and huddled together in a single, large Superman sled, coast down the snowy hill, twisting and twirling, their laughter piercing the air with screeches similar to those made when going on a roller coaster. Their request for “more, more, more” despite the frigid temperatures belies their joy in sledding, something none of them had done before. Their excitement filled my heart with excitement.

* A young boy, used to having his food cut up by his mom, practiced using a knife on his chicken parmesan, sawing the knife back and forth to release each savory piece, then stabbing it with a fork and bringing it to his mouth with a look of satisfaction. The young boy next to him, who is used to eating EVERYTHING with his fingers, (he’s BLIND, you know….he can’t possibly use utensils are his parent’s thoughts,) was taught to use a piece of bread to coax his food onto a fork by the teen sitting next to him. At first, much of the food didn’t reach his mouth, but he kept trying, urged on by his seat mate. By the end of the meal, he had independently filled his tummy, filling my own heart with his feeling of success.

* All of the kiddos were up on the dance floor, bopping and bouncing to songs such as YMCA, The Chicken Dance, Cotton-Eyed Joe, the Hokey Pokey, the Macarena, The Hustle, Stomp and the Cha Cha Slide. Line dances are perfect for them, and they teach each other the steps. No one is left out and everyone has great fun, wildly swinging their arms, kicking their legs, and sashaying their hair. Watching this group of kids dance, almost in unison, with smiles and giggles and laughter, fills my heart with beautiful music.

And one last little moment: it had started to snow, big, fat flakes of snow, some an inch around and as fluffy as cotton balls. One child started the movement by looking up into the sky with his arms wide and his mouth open, catching the flakes on his tongue. With excitement, the other children follow, arms out, mouths open, allowing the fluffy pieces to rest on their tongues and drop down onto their faces. They were amazed!! So THAT was what a snowflake looked like! At home, they usually rush through the snow, heads down, but on this date they were welcoming the experience. They didn’t need to see the snow to enjoy it, they could feel its beauty and how the warmth of their bodies melted the fragile snowflakes into little piles of water. How amazing! How joyful! What an eye opening experience!

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Comments on: "A Fluffy, Cold Piece of Cotton" (31)

  1. Such amazing and inspiring stories. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. Every little vignette made me swell with a kind of pride as if these children were my own. What wonderful accomplishments they experienced and what boundless joy they shared. Thank you for allowing us to also share their joy.

  3. What a beautiful update. Brought tears to my eyes at the same time as a smile to my face.

  4. Fabulous post. Those kids are amazing.

  5. Great post. Never underestimate the ability of child! Ever!

  6. Wow sounds like a wonderful experience was had by all 🙂

  7. This was an amazing article. Made my day!

  8. Thanks for taking us along with you on your trip! Lovely!

  9. This post unlocked a torrent of emotion in me. These moments are a little slice of what I live for. Thank you so much for sharing them.

  10. thanks for sharing these stories, it is heartwarming to hear children enjoying the simple things that many of us take for granted

  11. Thank you so much for sharing this!! what an awesome trip!!

  12. Sounds like a truly amazing trip for everyone! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Loved this blog. So great to see “disabled” children being helped to do the things we take for granted.

  14. Awesome post. We are being challenged at church to make it through an entire week being grateful (and not complaining about Winter) Your post was such great inspiration for that Thank you!

  15. always a delight and inspiration to read your posts….thanks so much. you and yours are in my heart and prayers.

  16. What a lovely story… so inspiring!
    So are your & the children…

  17. None of us should ever forget that little things can mean so much, x

  18. This is so marvelous. Thank you for sharing!

  19. Thrilled to hear of all the little conquests and successes. A wonderful post full of love, joy and hope x

  20. Hi there.. Loved to see your blog. Wish to share with you that my 5 yr old girl also suffers from a congenital defect of her left foot and loses about half a cm of leg length every yr.

    But I believe that despite that, she has been blessed with an ‘ability’ no normal human being with all his abilities can surpass. And I find normal human beings often denying her with the opportunities which they are good at. She loves to dance and I have put her to learn ‘Indian Classical Dance’, and she is picking up very well.

    Initiallly, I and my wife had lots of hows, whats, and whens in our minds.But as the days have passed, our girl has surprised us in phenomenal ways. The day I took her hand into mine, took her out for a walk, until today, she has never stopped trusting her feet, despite anyone calling it ‘Disabilities’.

    I think they are not disabled. They are just ‘differently abled’, and that difference, no one else can achieve. The only disability would be of our minds to judge them by things that normal people can or cannot do. There are many normal people in this world, but they are still disabled because they do not get up, stand and fight for their dreams. I think that’s the biggest disability of life….

  21. Love the fact that in a world where hopelessness seems so profound, hope still exists for many of us. Thanks for sharing; keep up the good work 🙂

  22. This absolutely warms my heart ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  23. Everyone has a story. Our challenges often lead us to the best or most inspiring stories.

    https://parentarizona.com/tips-for-successful-foster-parenting/

  24. What an uplifting post

  25. Crying remember stories of raising my blind sister! Thanks for the reminder!

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