Tonight Zac's work took us to the IA game vs. WI....it was a great game, IA won and they were the underdogs, won in overtime, so that was cool. We had a good friend Bonnie babysit and that is always great because we trust her and know that Addie is in wonderful hands when she is watching her.
At half time of the game there was two groups of people that played a mini basketball game. It was fun to watch, but hard...strange....eye opening? I can't really explain my emotions and feelings about it. This group of people were with the special olympics and all had different degrees of mental handicaps. From where we were sitting it was hard to tell if any of them had DS, but pretty sure a couple of them did from their different body shapes, etc...
As soon as I saw them my ears immediately went into defense mode and I was listening to every word being said around me assuming that I was going to hear a rude comment that I was going to have to defend. I did not end up hearing anything, but I just had so many thoughts and feeling go through my head in that 10 minute time frame that they were out there.
I think back to when I was in college and what my reaction would have been, I had not had any interaction with mentally handicapped people, I probably would have just stared, I don't know....I looked into the student section and thought of the many students that were probably getting a kick out of these people that were out playing basketball on the court...it hurt my heart so badly. It hurts even more when I think about how much that time on that big basketball court probably meant to those people. I couldn't see their faces clearly, but you could tell by their guestures and movements that they were having fun and felt like they were on top of the world. That made me smile. To see them so happy and enjoying life, but that happiness quickly turned back to sadness when I thought of how oblivious they were to others stares and thoughts. Oh it just hurts.
I looked at Zac and smiled and said that Addie is going to be in the special olympics someday and I can't wait! She'll be dominating on the basketball court...of course then my friend Molly had to inform me that she would be taking Addie to Special Olympics cheerleading so she wouldn't be playing basketball...we'll have to see about that, molly! =)
I think of those parents that were watching their kids out there, how proud they probably were, how special that 10 minutes had to make them feel. How did those parents handle the looks and the knowledge of what others watching might be thinking...I guess it's one of those things you just don't think about, just cherish the moment and not worry about what others think? I don't know.
Zac asked me what I thought about the half time show on our way home.....we had a good talk about it and both of us shared that we are excited for a time like that for Addie and that we aren't going to care what other think....of course Zac's reaction is that he would just have to hurt anyone who said anything about his little girl (of course he is kidding) but it was a good oportunity for us to see those adults out there living life, and enjoying a moment to shine....very eye opening...