So where do we go from the 30th birthday party? It’s important to backtrack for a moment. I don’t ever want to forget what my daughter was like! Rachel could not maintain eye contact so when she spoke, she closed her eyes. If I were present she would look at me while she spoke to you. Walking outside of our home, swimming, having friends these things were no more. Her speech often was unintelligible.
Let us continue…so after her birthday party extravaganza practice began for the May dance recital. We are in a grove her days are full of exercise and friends. The old adage Nothing success like success is true. I have seen some of the dances they will be performing but there is one dance Rachel is dedicating to me and I am not allowed even a single peek. We are sitting in a Blow and Go getting the princess beautified about an hour and a half before the performance and Sarita calls to ask Rachel to dance the Fox trot with Marcus even though it’s not perfected. I have to pinch myself there is Rachel eager to comply with her request not nervous and quite self-confident. (Thank you God is my Mantra)
My dance is next and the song they have chosen is one of my favorites, “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. Although they have a serious routine, part of it is a parody of Rachel falling. After her birthday when we realized this dancing thing was not going to end anytime soon we surprised her with a custom-made sequin dance dress. This is the first time she is wearing it. dress. The first fall is fine and they both get up easily but the second fall Rachel cannot get up because of the dress. At first the audience thinks this is on purpose and there is laughter but soon everyone realizes the trouble she is having. Silence ensues except for her terrified voice and sobs. Sarita and Rachel bend together and hold each other until eventually they both get up to wild applause and cheering. Many tears are falling including mine. At the conclusion of the show the younger girls are coming over to hug Rachel they are gathered on the floor around her and begin to give her their roses. What an Unbelievable magical life.
The following is a text sent to Sarita after the recital form a student’s mother:
Good Morning Angels! I am still so emotional from yesterday. What an amazing event you put together! Words cannot describe how grateful I am for my daughter to be able to experience the kindness and love that the two of you have! Rachel and her family are inspiring and so beautiful and what a privilege for Jillian to be part of it. While Rachel was difficulty getting up I looked over to Jillian who was standing there, tears dripping down her face! Yes, my 8 years old was crying! Then at the end she walked over and gave Rachel her rose and told her how proud she was of her. Next, her friends started doing the same thing. I cannot express the feelings I am feeling, so let me just say: THANK YOU!