On this freezing winter day, I was swimming with my 2 year old while my 4 year old son was having lessons. We were giggling and laughing and he was saying “more jump in!” The class next to us was just finishing – adults maybe in their 20s that were intellectually disabled instructed by teens/college students. A woman who may have had Down’s Syndrome did not want to get out of the pool when it was time.
The kindness I saw nearly brought me to tears. The young adult helping her used such a calm voice and was so patient and kind – she kept giving her options similar to the ones I may give my 2 and 4 year old – “either you get out yourself, or I will help you” she said she did not want to get out of the pool, then they tried “if you don’t get out, you are going to miss the warm pancakes for lunch with the warm, oozing maple syrup” – she continued to stay in the corner. They tried coaxing and coaxing her with everything they could think of – always using that gentle voice – never showing any sign of frustration or raising their voice.
2. tranfer with transfer paper – I love Angel Craft
3. place on wood sign, then peel up transfer paper
4. paint with acrylic paint