I stood there today, with tears in my eyes. The injustice and what’s being done about it was just too much emotion for this mom of two to handle. What I was witnessing was just shocking. A killer whale being abused? A dolphin being mishandled? Nope. I saw kids. And adults. Unable to walk, some even unable to move their arms and legs at all – skiing. On the water. It wasn’t some crazy stunt I witnessed out on the lake at Sea World today. No, it was something more amazing than that. And it was something that very few people will take the time to write a blog about. And that’s why I AM taking the time. Because the world needs to know THIS truth – of the amazing things that are being done for paraplegics and quadriplegics here in San Antonio. The kids and I watched as boat after boat went out with three skiers safely attached behind – two highly trained, experienced performers, and one dreamer finally seeing their dream become a reality.
I even got to speak to the mother of one of the skiers. He’s 35 and has not walked in his life. Ever. Bound to a wheelchair, she said he lives for this day – and has participated in the program the past six years! Six years! How did I not know this program existed?!?! She said that there will be six different sessions this week – two specifically held for military wounded warriors. It’s so amazing that folks can exhaust so much energy talking about horrible injustices to animals that were done twenty and thirty years ago, but noone is talking about the injustice so many humans are born with (or are caused in war-time situations or other catastrophic events)… and what Sea World is doing to make their lives a little more enjoyable! I don’t care what anyone says, I am a PROUD annual pass holder to Sea World San Antonio, and will continue to be for many years to come.