Each time I see my daughter’s friends with her, I become more and more thankful for their kind, compassionate, caring and loving little hearts. They just seem to “get” her, and that makes me more happier than I could ever imagine.
I’m reminded of a project her class recently did. It was about how we “fill our proverbial buckets”, or our hearts. One classmate raised his hand and shared, “Olivia fills our buckets by sharing her heart with everyone”.
To see how well they get her, blows my mind! The communication connection they have with her is truly within the heart. They don’t care that Olivia can’t speak to them. When they talk to her and ask her to play, a simple smile on her face is more than enough to tell them, she’s in!
I have to remind myself that these kids are only 4 and 5 years old. Their level of understanding and accepting her differences as just part of her, and not the definition of her is remarkable. For that, I am truly thankful for these wonderful, kind souls.
This blog post is dedicated to these kids, my daughter’s friends. The kids that help put a smile on her face each day, that accept her for who she is, that love her unconditionally, who hold her hand when she needs a friend, who cheer her up when she is feeling sad, who celebrate in her accomplishments, and who always go out of their way to say, “good morning” and “good bye” to her each day. They may never truly understand the huge positive impact they are having on her life, but I hope someday, when they are older and look back, that they remember her and feel that in some way she made a huge impact on them as well.