Yesterday we started 'regular' swimming again as hydrotherapy has finished for awhile. I was a little apprehensive as we were starting with a new teacher and new group of parents. You know how it is on the first day - all those parents being politically correct and not saying anything even though they'd really love to ask questions, so they just try and sneak a peek out of the corner of their eyes to try and suss out what is going on.
Ashlea had a wee tantrum while we were waiting to swim - it seems patience is not her forte - but when we got in the water she loved it and got right into it.
After it was all over I was dressing her on the bench. She was stark naked and giggling hysterically - she is very ticklish so whenever you try and dry her she just giggles. Last time we had a 'first day of regular swimming' experience I was doing exactly the same thing when a stranger politely asked me what Ashlea's PEG was for.
Yesterday I got this comment instead - even though the PEG and wheelchair were in full view.
'Doesn't she have a great laugh!'
Bless her - I could have kissed this mother! Her comment made my day.
She could obviously see Ashlea's disabilities, but instead of commenting on them or asking questions, she saw a positive and commented on that.
What a pleasant surprise - here was I on edge about potential comments from strangers, only to be reminded that sometimes a comment from a stranger can be a good thing!