Why am I sharing this? A little over one month ago, Amy and I had the pleasure of going to one of our local schools for their diversity day, sharing the message that we may look different, but we are not all that different. Okay, maybe I am but she’s not. The kids learned that she can swim, ride a bike, and water ski. Can you water ski? The kids also learned how I help Amy as she put me through the paces of picking items up from the floor; carrying her lunch box and pulling open a door. I did a good job and I made the kids laugh at the way I stretched before I picked up every item Amy dropped on the floor; she was not amused, but I thought it was funny :)! Amy got me back for my behavior when she called a student down to the floor and had him roll a tennis ball (my favorite toy) past me while I sat completely still and waited for her “release.” Amy likes to show people this to demonstrate how good my self-control is. The five seconds it took for her to explain how I won’t go near the ball until she tells me it’s okay to do what I want, felt like an eternity because I really wanted that ball, but it was worth it because the audience was so impressed by my patience.
The ball exercise also gave Amy the opportunity to teach an important lesson in assistance dog etiquette, when the student pet me while he was receiving direction from her, a natural reaction, but a no, no in the world of assistance dogs. Our presentation went so well, we were asked to spend the entire day with the staff and kids to teach them as much as we could about us and about acceptance. We are so thankful for the opportunity to educate others, especially when we have such a great audience!