This week I’m thankful for celebrating a new milestone. Mini spent all this week at a local GAA summer camp. For those of you outside Ireland, GAA stands for the Gaelic Athletic Association. It has given us two indigenous sports-Gaelic football, which is a cross between rugby and football and hurling, which is played with sticks and is, well a bit insane.
The GAA has outlets all over Ireland. Both hurling and Gaelic football are played at club, parish and county level. It’s a very Irish affair, with kids getting involved in their local clubs at a young age. Some will one day go on to represent their county in the All-Ireland championships. This week, our local club, Caherlistrane, offered a summer camp to kids aged between 5-13. The camp is tremendous value at only €50 per child from Monday-Friday between the hours of 10-14:30. I had wanted to send Mini last year but she wasn’t fully toilet trained, so we had to wait for this year to roll around.
I was still anxious about sending her off. Would she be able for it? Would the volunteers be able to keep her bolting in check? Would we be called to pick her up early? I need not have worried. She had an absolute ball, with her friends from school and being Mini, she met lots of new ones. I wonder when this anxiety surrounding Down syndrome and what she can do will fade. Probably never, I’m sad to say. I’m as guilty as anyone of looking for problems and focusing on what she can’t do, rather than what she can do. But as always, she’s there proving me wrong and I could not be more grateful for that!
I’m super proud of her and looking forward to her hitting more milestones when she starts life as a Senior Infant at primary school in less than two weeks time.
What are you grateful for this week? Let me know in the comments below!