We were sitting in a restaurant tonight eating dinner when the manager came over to check on us. All three kids immediately asked him for refills on their drinks. With cup in hand, the manager asked Jake, "What is this?".
To which Jake replied, "Empty!"
. Now that's a funny kid.
Sitting in the rock climbing center, I was watching Ally and Grant scramble their way to the top of a huge wall with ease. They climb in a group of about 8 kids with 2 adults strapped to their gear. I saw one blonde headed little boy out of the corner of my eye. He was off to the side away from the other children and working alone with a trainer on a wall. I think it was the bright blonde hair and a huge smile that made me notice him. He was trying to pull himself up the wall while he was safely hooked to the trainer. Then I noticed his feet and ankles that were turned and looked so stiff. As he pulled up with his skinny little arms, I couldn't help notice his stiff hand curled in. I could see this little guy had cerebral palsy but that was in no way stopping him. His trainer said, "Great job! You're doing better!" to which he replied, "Too slow! I want to be faster. I'm doing it again!".
Not being in his shoes, I know I couldn't fully comprehend how difficult this was for him. What amazing determination and bravery he showed! I'm not even his mama, and I was proud of him. A lesson in determination played out right in front of me today!