To the Stranger Who Sits Near Me During My Daughter’s Swimming Lessons
I don’t know your name.
You don’t know mine.
You don’t know my daughter’s name or her struggles, other than my quick explanation: “she has developmental delays.”
And I don’t know your grandson’s name.
But every week we sit there among dozens of other strangers and watch our little ones through the glass at swim lessons.
They’re in different classes — to be honest I don’t even know which class your grandson is in. But you watch my daughter and know what group she’s in.
You know when there’s a new lifeguard sitting next to her at the pool, and you look at me to make sure I see they aren’t paying enough attention to grab her when she willfully steps off into the water. Thank you.
You sigh a sigh of relief when the lifeguard is watching and plucks her out without a second’s hesitation. Thank you.
You smile when it’s her time to swim and she high-fives the teacher. Thank you.
This last week you cheered out loud, before I even did, when she floated for ten seconds on her own. Thank you.
You told me she was doing great. Thank you.
I love that you cheer for my daughter with me. It warms my heart.
The Special Needs Mom Who Doesn’t Feel So Alone at Swimming Lessons
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