“I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.”
― C. S. Lewis
― C. S. Lewis
I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love even when I don't feel it. And I believe in God even when He is silent. (quote found on the wall of a concentration camp)
Thursday, June 7, 2012
On Being Different
But school has let out, and now the monthly free play is open to all. We knew there would be a lot more kids there, and on the way, she started to get nervous. "Oh mom, I'm not sure I want to go!"
"But Sarah, you LOVE gymnastics!"
"I know, but there will be new kids and they will ask me questions!"
"So, what are you going to tell them?"
"I could tell them a shark bit my leg off!" Alli was dying laughing.
"Or you could tell them be careful fishing in the lake!" :)
"Or I could tell them I was just born this way!"
"Yes, that would be good!"
"But then they will ask why and keep asking and I won't be able to just play!"
"So what will you do after you answer a question and somebody won't leave you alone?"
"Will that help?"
"I'll tell them I answered, and now I want to play."
"That sounds great to me, although I like the alligator idea!"
And then, she bravely went in and faced about 25 kids.
And were there stares? Yes.
Were there questions? Yes.
Did she tell the alligator story? No.
She said, "I was born without a leg and fingers."
Did somebody pester her to death?
Did she handle it well?
"I've answered your question, now I want to play."
And she did.
By the end of the session, she was having a wonderful time.
I never dreamed of the conversations I would have to have with my children.
They are so brave. :) And I am so glad they have each other!