Well we finally went to see the movie Dolphin Tale on Wednesday. I'm so glad we did. I really enjoyed it, and teared up several times. Amaya really enoyed it too. Its hard to tell if Lidie did, since she fell asleep.
Dolphin Tale tells the story of a dolphin named Winter. It folowers her as she is found on the beach tangled in a crab net. She has to have her tail amputated because it had lost circulation for too long. Winter learns how to swim without her tail, but that begins to damage her spine so they create an orthotic tail for her. After several attempts they make one that fits her and she can use to swim. I was inspired by her tenacity and that of her many caretakers. It's amazing to see people connect with an animal. She seems to inspire and comfort others while her caretakers help better her life.
I also loved that Winter serves as an inspiration to people who have lost limbs or were born without. They all share something with Winter and it's pretty magical to see people interact with her. As we were leaving Josh pointed out to Amaya that it took Winter some getting use to her new tail and that Amaya would have to do the same when she gets her fixator put on. She doesn't quite know what it will look like and it's hard for her to imagine what it will feel like and look in/on her leg. We will all have to adjust to her "new" leg. But like Winter, Amaya has strength, perseverance, courage and tenacity and I know she will adjust and do great.