“I call you friends.”
It has been six weeks since I spent a Saturday in Anapra at Santo Niño. While preparations were underway for our celebration of “Dia de las Madres” (Mothers Day), I had quality time with Nena. She is 13 years old and we have known each other for about nine years. Nena has a syndrome that includes severe seizures and mental retardation. Her level of functioning has gradually declined and she requires almost constant supervision, especially if she is walking.
We spent almost an hour outside, most of it on the swingset in our backyard. I pushed her back and forth, back and forth, and she held on and lifted her feet. Eventually I sat on the swing beside Nena’s and kept her gently moving in time with my own motion. She gave me a big smile. No words were spoken between us and none were needed. We were friends, enjoying the bright sun and the wind and the movement of the swings together.