I went to family fitness center that we joined. Gabby swam at 5;30AM practice and I walked/ran on the treadmill. I had never taken Gabby in the morning....it has always been Kennny who goes and works out, while I work out at home. So...this was a new experience for me.
I looked around - surveyed the area - watched what others were doing. I noted the people whom I had seen or met before at various swim events. I noted a few parishioners from my church. I watched others who were looking at me as if i took "their" equipment.
Then it hit me. I could somehow in a very small way feel how Julianna must feel most of the time when she enters a new situation - looking for clues, listening, watching behavior, seeking familiarity (like Mr. Mike at the pool after one visit :) ) - she is demonstrating normal behavior...just like we all do when we enter into a new situation. Yet, she is doing it with such grace and confidence...with limited understanding of our language (although it is increasing every day). I think her advantage is LOVE. She is now loved and feels loved and appreciated. She in return has a whole host of family members and family friends to love. And even her own "teacher" to please! What a champ!
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