I was given a gift yesterday. I could sense people watching my smile grow. But I’m certain no other adult quite understood my delight. Delight because, right there, before all of our eyes, “my kids”* had moved from timidity to bliss. Unbeknownst to them, they’ve been a mermaid and a sea prince all along. And today, they finally found their water. This is the story I was lucky enough to witness.
Please understand that this next picture I’m going to show you is very sacred. This was the reason for my beaming smile. Them, “swimming.” They just crawled along like this for multiple “5 more minutes.” And I let them. Because I’m a sucker for letting kids live out a good fairy tale…
*if you’re just catching my story, then “my kids” are the kids I mentor from an at-risk neighborhood in Grand Rapids. love.them.
P.S. Yes, I think the Mexican family was also surprised that I was darker than their children. I think I’ll start wearing sunscreen.