Monday, June 22, 2009

off to summer camp again

things I dont ever want to forget:

singing to the Ipod in the car, and her stopping to look at me and tell me that "Hannah Montana is my FAVORITE pop star. Delighting in the words, and in this delicious little girl who wields them with a sparkle in her eye and a huge smile.

Seeing her RUN off the bus and into the arms of the Director, who greeted her with a hug and remembered her name.

Watching her sit with 2 little friends who also have DS, she has known forever, in beanbags at the front as the co-Director welcomes them back. When she asks what things the kids are most excited to do, Ciarra begs to sing "Going on a Lion Hunt" and the place lights up...."I remember that song!!!" from a hundred little voices.

Then watching her stand up and sing her own favorite song, the Spongebob theme song, perfectly right, exactly on key, not missing a word. and smiling as she wiggles her hips and points 2 fingers at her rapt audience as she calls out "Are you ready, kids...who lives in a pineapple under the sea" and watching them all shout back the words "Spongebob Squarepants!"

It is as if summer began for real today, in a light rain, on the shores of a beautiful lake, surrounded by friends. Summer camp is the most joyous thing for a kid, and my girl is no exception.


Mary said...

It is so amazing and inspiring to me to look through all of the older posts of Ciarra. My lil Riley is only 2 and is on his way to so many thing but I still have a hard time thinking to far into the future. So many of the older kidos that I know have had major major health issues that have taken all of their energy. It is so fun to see that your lil girl is doing all the things a girl her age should be doing. Summer! The video you share of reading books made me cry. I so badly want those things for Ri. Thank you for sharing your story.

My 3 Kids said...

That camp looks like so much FUN! Ashlie and Ciarra would get along great, Ashlie LOVES Hannah Montana! She actually gets to go see Miley Cyrus in Concert in October when she comes to our town :)