One of the women who works at the zoo came and tried to cheer Starling up. Starling was bored and probably a bit hungry and we were waiting and being boring. The woman got Starling in a good mood again and started talking to the other kids. Rejeanne ignored her, of course, and I felt the need to say she's autistic lest anyone think she's just rude or something. Someday maybe I won't feel the need to do this.
What happened next might really freak a few people out, but it made me a bit homesick and thankful. This woman just touched Rejeanne really quick and prayed over her in good ol' black church fashion. God bless that dear lady for asking the Lord to let my child speak and be the queen her name stands for. She could have lost her job for doing that. She could have really upset me by doing that. But she did it anyways because the spirit moved her. I miss seeing the church ladies in the fancy hats out there praisin' the Lord. It's not something I saw in Orange County or in Vermillion, SD, but I sure saw a lot of it in Duarte. I was so stunned by this lady that I couldn't even muster up an Amen until she had already gone off to the bathroom to finish cleaning. I still believe that the good Lord works through the warm, work-roughed loving hands of black women everywhere.
|Princess Rejie Cake|
|Rejeanne and Gary taking in the sights|
|Cyrus makin' friends|
|Starling was alert and nearly silent for the entire trip. This kid LOVES the zoo!|
|The desert dome|
|Starling, blurry as always since she is never actually still|
|Crimson fixing Rejeanne's hair|