William was very excited about all the shows - he loved to have us describe to him everything that was happening. After the show there was nearly always SOMETHING for him to touch, so that was an added benefit! Also, he got very wet at the Shamu show and was extremely pleased that Shamu splashed him!
We purposefully paid to have him feed the dolphins, in the hopes that he would be able to see them since they were so close. Alas, this idea did not work well because they were so fast. However, one of the trainers inquired about him, since he still had all his fish. When she found out about his eyesight, she was very kind to have the dolphins jump right up on the ledge for him to touch! He ran his hands up and down the body and the fin, as she talked and explained things to him! What a blessing!
We went back the next day to let all the children feed the dolphins (at $7 per tray of fish, this is no small feat for our family). The same trainer was there and she came over to us, called the dolphins up again for William, then even had them do some tricks for the other children. We were overwhelmed and humbled! We found out later, when we went to pick up the pictures, that they don't do those things in the feeding area, but you normally have to pay $99 a person for the Dolphin Adventure to get that kind of interaction! Even after all this time, I am still constantly amazed at how God cares for our every need!
So, we are home from our trip now and catching up on some much needed rest and still William talks constantly of petting the dolphins. Thank you, Lord, for good times!
"You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!" Psalm 139:5-6