Communication without words~
Updated: Aug 28, 2019
One of my main purposes and callings in life I feel is to be there for young girls...help them cultivate the confidence and strength of what a strong mind can do and where a strong body can take you at the youngest age possible. Every opportunity I could, I interacted with the little girls and felt such a connection without exchanging any words. The experiences are worth am million words.
This evening I got to watch a tennis team practice with Stef Lambert, the mastermind behind Waterman Tahiti Tour and everything else mind and body. There was a group of little kids who were all French/Tahitian speakers. I had brought all my recover tools, bands and my roller and I started to do my exercises. They all looked at me with such curiosity and probably thought...”Who is this crazy lady?!” ⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After a few minutes their curiosity and shyness wore away and I gestured for them to try. I only know a few words in French and so most communication was through facial expressions, body language and visual demonstrations. I helped them do the exercises correctly and they LOVED it. It’s funny how they could be entertained for over two hours with bands,a foam roller, and tennis balls. Kids can teach us so much. It began to rain and we turned our game of catch into a game of draw a picture, shape, letter on to the court and then say the word out loud. With no specific direction, we all caught on to this game and started to trade words and sounds. I learned new French words and they learned new English words. I wrote my name on the wet court and they were able to pronounce it properly and then they drew shapes and taught me. I drew a sun and a flower and they spoke the name of my drawing to me . . . It made my heart beam . . . Wonderful to have this experience with kids and make an impact on them in a way that was so natural to me and just simple. At the end of our play time they learned the phrase “We Play” and before I left, they asked if they could keep the band. There were three of them, so I had to break it into three pieces. Adorable. This made me so happy. As I walked away they said “Nana Play” which beans “bye!” They learned my name but now I will be forever known to them as play.
And that’s probably the best thing I could ask.