Today I was reading the book "Dolphins!" to my 2yo because, since I have been off my feet, we read a lot of books snuggled up in my bed together. It is one of the things I can still do with her and will be a sweet memory from this time.
Today I was especially touched by this part on page 20:
Dolphins live in groups.
They help each other out.
Sometimes a dolphin gets sick.
It sinks in the water-- and can't come up for air.
It could drown!
Other dolphins gather around.
They swim under
the sick dolphin.
They push it up and down
until it can swim by itself.
Dolphins are mammals so they can't breathe in water like fish. They have to come up for air every few minutes. If a dolphin gets sick and can't swim up for air, it won't make it. So, its friends come along and push it up to the surface for air, working to keep it alive until it can do it on its own again.
As I read this today, I thought it was a sweet word picture for what my friends and family have done for me these past few weeks. Swimming under me and hoisting me up to the surface-- lest I sit at the bottom and just drown in despair. I could not have made it without the amazing gifts my friends have given me-- too many to list here. But suffice it to say, you know who you are. And I thank you, from the bottom of my little dolphin heart.