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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
Oh but they're such amazing kids! Being out at the farm with them is probably my favorite thing to do, even if I do get tired at times. The looks on their faces when they finally accomplish something is so priceless. One of the little girls in particular what completely wheelchair bound, always cried when you asked her to do something, and couldn't move her legs enough to sit astride a horse comfortably. So a massage therapist started coming out and she and I teamed up to help this little girl out. She had to be manually held on by four people (she's a 'big' little girl if you catch my drift, and had back/leg/core strength). Its been about a year and a half since I first started working with her and she only has one side walker now, and she can hold herself in the saddle, fix herself when she starts leaning to her dominant side, and even sit for a short period without holding herself on with her arms. She's also walking with a walker. Even more amazing though, is that when she first started coming out, I didn't think she could talk. She has a paralyzed vocal cord, and her dad speaks very broken english. But I always try to make a point to engage the kids anyways, in hopes that at some point they'll be able to link 'their' world to mine...or vice versa, and that they will understand me.
So one day I was just walking along with her, telling her some funny stories about her favorite donkey on our property, the infamous Pedro who 'honks' at anyone who passes, but seems to really like her. I was mimicking him and she was laughing, when she pointed at his pen to show me the two new ponies we had. I explained to her that some girl in college had donated them to us, but they didn't have names, and asked her if she had any good ideas. I didn't expect an answer obviously, and kept walking when I heard this very gruff, but at the same time, clear "Name them Kung Fu and Magic." I seriously just about started bawling! It had already been 8 months since I had started working with her and I'd NEVER been able to bridge that gap of language with her, but all of a sudden she opened up and gave me two (very cute) names! O_O We ofcourse HAD to name them that, and to this day Kung Fu and Magic follow us in their pen when we walk past them, having no idea that they played a huge part in our progress. The little girl now speaks to me enthusastically every week although apparently I'm the only one (besides her dad) who understands what she's saying, and she's SO neat! She loves anything to do with the army (which is awesome considering that my parents were in the army and I was an army brat...lol) so we relate any of her harder exercises to boot camp, and she loves it. We're always saying 'no pain no gain!' and she carries a nerf sword with her wherever she goes. Cutest thing ever.
LOL, sorry. Got a little carried away. I have a billion stories about 'my' kids at the farm that I annoy people with. I really do love working with them. I guess thats one of the reasons I'm so reculent to leave the farm. If I did that, I'd loose the kids. And honestly...I've become such a big part of the therapy program (I practically run it myself) that I really don't know what would become of it without me. I'm sure it would be fine, but that back part of my mind just can't convince itself that it would be ok for me to leave.
Oh life choices, how you irk me...xD
haha, Kenzie as the forum mascot would be adorable!
Do you guys think it would be ok to add her to my virtual barn, even if she's not necessarily mine? Or is that against a forum code or something?
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