Kadena Air Base. The feedback was, across the board, warm and heartening as this special event builds a relationship not just within a community but a great opportune bonding experience between Japanese locals and Americans, of mostly military personnel.
More importantly, it is a day that showcases the wide abilities of special need people. They all did whatever sports they were set out to particate in. They all did it with so much enthusiasm, willingness and lively presence. Supporters, volunteers and motivators couldn’t help but be gladdened by their smiles and positive spirits.
I now introduce to you, #577, Ryutaro.
He’s a stubby 7-year old kid who has no problem reaching for my hand so I can show him around.
We saw creative arts made by special-need children.
We watched cultural performances by both Japanese and Americans.
Marine Expeditionary Force Band playing the National Anthem.
Special-need boys playing taiko drums.
The variety of performances is a true fusion of two countries meshing together their differences and likeness.
American students, Firebird Drummers, performing Eisa. They also got everyone involved to try the drum and dance with them.
We saw people danced while they’re in the wheelchair.
I actually think that the shows and the rapport made are the “special” parts, and not the participating olympians.
Clearly, these special-need group of individuals needed no special attention at all. I’m completely amazed by them. Us, “huggers”, needed no patience in taking care of them. They were obedient, orderly, and certainly capable.
Look! Ryutaro is so happy. Those smiles can definitely turn the world around.
-My special kid is better than yours. Darn right, he’s better than yours. I can teach you but I have to charge. 🙂 –
At times, I didn’t feel like they are special people at all. They are just incredibly friendly. The way they answer to their parents is so impressive. They walk with you. They play with you. No problem at all. Ryutaro even helped me fold the mat that we were sitting on without asking him. To emphasize, they really are very obedient. We all thoroughly enjoyed the day at each other’s companies.
This event tugs my heart deeply.
“Disability”, i confidently can tell you that I didn’t see any that day.
[All images are taken with my cellphone, Samsung S3.]
Here’s to a blogger who does excellent “phoneography” alongside her Canon pictures. When I met AngelineM, I was easy to befriend her. She’s an all around blogger, prolific and very approachable. Go and check out her phoneography tag and be impressed by her snapping abilities.