Tonight I sat on a hard gym bleacher watcing an AAU practice. This gal has spent many countless hours in the gym doing the same thing for our oldest but tonight I was sitting there for our David. Our special needs child with low muscle tone, who has scars from battling cancer, and whose IQ is just below the magic line to be labeled with an intellectual disability, was invited to be on a local AAU basketball team. Those who know David well know that basketball is his life, and watching him out on that court with his peers from school playing on a real team just about made this Momma come undone.
Tonight I witnessed a beautiful example of what inclusion looks like-it looks like a child with a significant disability being included with his peers, being held to the same standard but with his friends recognizing that David was made a little differently. I am not sure how many games this team will win this year but after witnessing their first practice, it truly does not matter because this team is made up of winners-from their coach down to every player who welcomed my son and encouraged him during his first practice. This Momma is so thankful and overwhelmed by the magic of inclusion.
I also got to cheer on my favorite girl tonight playing tennis and this sweet girl was a joy to watch! May her heart stay pure and her determination never dim. She too is a winner!