Friday, June 24, 2011

The Climbing Wall

Today I was. . .blessed. . .to be given the opportunity to witness one of the most phenomenal sites I've ever seen. Unfortunately, it did not involve Lily--she's too young--but that's ok. She'll have her chance soon enough.

Twenty-one students from Lily's camp went to the James Island County Park climbing wall today. Since Dave knows how to belay, he offered to go and help. Gabriel, Soleil, and I tagged along.

I tell you. . .to watch these special needs children with their climbing wall gear get lifted up at least 30 feet in the air was incredible. To hear the cheers of the counselors when each child "made it to the top" was inspiring. Every time I watched a child "scale" that wall, my eyes watered and I choked back a lump in my throat. What an emotionally charged time I had!

Even talking about it to Lily's counselor brought that same water and lump back.

I now have such a profound amount of respect for the climbing wall staff for saying yes in the first place, but for also treating these special needs children with such loving dignity. But a deeper amount goes out to these kids for their willingness to get out there, try something new, and reach new heights.

1 comment:

  1. You make my eyes well up just reading. Thank you for sharing.