Tuesday, September 18, 2007

"We Just Do Things Differently"

Last Wednesday we started our weekly KinderMusik Class. There are about 12 children in the class, of which 3 are mine and 2 are my friend Dana's twins. Sophie, of course, loves it and had to sing and dance all alone in the center of the circle, in the center of attention. Mack was a bit shy, so insisted that he be held through a large portion of the class. He started to warm up to things in the second half but was still a bit clingy. So after an hour of standing, sitting and moving around while holding Mack and Grace I got quite a work out and am embarrassed to admit that my legs were sore the next day.

Anyway, that's not the best part of the story. As we are gathering up kids and putting shoes back on, Sophie cuddles up with this lovely mom, Julie. As I go to retrieve her, Julies asks me "So, how is it having triplets?"

"It's fun, but can be a bit challenging sometimes dealing with three 2-year olds and one with a disability." I reply. I'm not sure why I decided to be so forthcoming with this woman I just met. Maybe it was because I was feeling worn down that day or maybe it was just her warmth and sincerity that brought my guard down.

Julie then asked about Grace's disability and I explained that she had Cerebral Palsy. Julie response was "You may not have noticed but I have a disability. I am legally blind. I can't drive and I need assistance with some things. However, the disabled can do many things, we just do things differently."


Julie and her son Jack then helped me get the triplets out to the car.

btw...her son Jack has this beautiful long red hair. Mack and Jack have the best hair in the class :)

John 9:1-3
As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, "Rabbi who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?" Jesus answered, "It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That made me cry. Thanks for the reminder that not everyone does things the same as everyone else... some are SPECIAL.

love, Jackie