It was amazing!
It was humbling!
It was...so much that I cannot even put it into words.
The weather was perfect. The water was perfect. The beach was beautiful and the perfect place for the event.
As the morning started the well oiled machine that is Surfers for Autism set up the tents and boards
There was even some time for dancing
Then the families started coming in and we began to get ready
Once we all learned the rules, talked about safety and discussed what we were going to do for the day, it was out to the water!
The weekend was just pure magic!
Due to the flat waters of the Florida Keys, we had the kids on paddle boards and paddled them around or just glided them on the water.
They enjoyed the few waves that came by because they propelled them forward. We had a "conveyor belt" of sorts that passed the children on the boards from one volunteer to the other. Those who paddled before were in the middle. Some strayed.
As the day continued some waves came in with the wind and there was some surfing.
It was controlled chaos.
It was perfect!
The smiles were endless. The laughter was filling the air. We saw miracles happen before our eyes. We were even a part of them for a while!
Barriers were broken down and for one day children and families could forget about the word autism and just have fun.
I was brought to tears of happiness, had lots of hugs and kisses from the most amazing children and made friends with the strongest families around.
I can't wait to bring my kids to one of the events...they will love it as much as I did.
Thank you Surfers for Autism...for everything that you do and more!! You have taken my heart with you!!