When I wrote the last post I was eager to share the incredible experience we had with our beloved Orcas and our new friends at Marineland - because when you live with Autism, you tend to be prepared with an exit plan in case things aren't working.....but I surely wasn't prepared for what was in store for us that day. Generous souls at work.
Those of you who have visited here, and know my Sam, realize that THIS was indeed a rare, unexpected, and very special event - and are so happy for him, and for me. Those of you who don't know us, but have shared your heartfelt comments, have widened our circle of friends. You've moved me and my family.
MANY THANKS to Ali, who shared my link with her readers. Like I told her, with a wave a magic wand, and a link on her site, she proved you can MAKE A DIFFERENCE and spread the love. As many of you said - GIVING of yourself can make such an impact on someone's life just as the trainers did. Being IN TUNE with people, that's the key. It is SO COOL that we got to share this story with so many people around this globe - and that all of you GOT IT. Tears of happiness here too.
I wish I had the time to write back to each and every one of you who read this story and offered your sweet responses on this blog and by email. Please know we have loved reading them and cherish that you took the time to share in our joy.
Love, Sam's Mom
(EDIT: Check it out! Comment #69 is from Nicholas - the young man who set the day in motion.....THANKS NICHOLAS. Big round of applause for you! Look how many people you touched with your simple gesture of telling Sean, Kendra, and Mike about Sam. )