"Loving a baby is a circular business, a kind of feedback loop. The more you give the more you get and the more you get the more you feel like giving." Penelope Leach More like Babe-y Magnet.
I worried going in to the week that we (me and my kids) would get in the way. I wanted to be here to oversee, support the staff & most of all support my mom (who has been the ESP Camp nurse for the last 9 years) but not get in the way.
What I did not expect is watching Fin pave her own way amongst the campers. I have seen kids with autism who self-stim & tantrum fall still, silent & gentle in the presence and closeness of the baby. There have been lulls of possible homesickness diverted by love to her, many snuggles, hugs, high fives & pats on the head.
I find it fascinating that old, young, black, white, disability, ability, speech, no speech- a gentle connection with a baby is present. Maybe there is some kind of pure universal language the campers & Fin share or some club the rest of us don't know about. I wouldn't be surprised. After all, as Jesus puts it- they are the cool crowd.... "When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these" Mark 10
Thank you, campers, for embracing my children. It's the greatest gift to a mother, watching her children be loved.