Every other Wednesday, little Molly has physical therapy at Hope Haven Children’s Clinic and Family Center. (Newbies to my site…Molly has Down syndrome. Here’s our story.) I look forward to our visits there – it’s the highlight of my (every other) week! It’s a loving, positive environment and it’s fun to see how much Molly has progressed in between visits. I always leave there feeling refreshed and so proud of my daughter. Today, I was beaming with pride for the special needs community before I even get inside the building.
As I was unloading the girls from the car and anxiously awaiting Daddy’s arrival – I could see a young man inside ready to welcome us and hold the door. He greeted us with a “hello” and the next thing I knew…we were surrounded by a group of young adults anxious to talk and admire cute Molly. They each had tons of questions about Molly…”Can she walk yet? Does she talk? How old is she? What’s her name? Does she like her seat?” They were so intrigued to learn about her. One young girl even reached down and kissed her (It was so sweet, I didn’t even care about germs!) They were so excited to see a new baby and thankfully, Molly charmed them with her sweet smile. Before I knew it, their bus had arrived and we exchanged goodbyes as they headed off on a fun adventure.
Each of these young people had some type of disability, but that’s not the important piece to this story. The important part is that they saw no boundaries when it came to their disabilities. We were all the same, all equals in a room together. I enjoyed spending time with them this morning, even if it was just a few minutes. Their love, compassion and friendliness filled the room. They provided me with hope and a positive outlook for Molly. I’m excited for Molly’s future and I hope that when she gets older she too, knows no boundaries like the young folks we met today.