This past week Jazzie spent the entire week at Ohio Valley Voices for summer day camp. This was the first year that OVV offered this camp to it's graduates. Not really knowing what to expect, I signed Jazzie up, thinking that she would have fun with some of her old friends. Yesterday was the last day and I can say that last week was the most positive experience for Jazzie. There were only two other girls who were signed up, but with it being the camp's first year, it worked out perfectly. The three girls spend the week doing LOTS of fun activities, including: swimming, soccer, tennis, fishing, rollerskating, bowling, bike riding, crafts, gymnastics and cheerleading.
It was so wonderful to see Jazzie have so much fun. She was excited about going back to camp every day. I have always said that Jazzie is a different girl when she is with her old friends from OVV. She is just so happy. This week was exactly like that. She was happy because I think that whenever Jazzie is with her OVV friends, so can be herself 100%. She did not have to think about the fact that she is the "different" one in a group. Instead of being the only one with a cochlear implant, all the girls have one. Instead of feeling left out while swimming because she has to take her implant off, she is simply one of everyone in the group not able to hear. Besides her two friends who were at OVV when Jazzie was there, there was also an older girl who graduated from OVV several years before Jazzie did. She was there to help out, but to also be a mentor and role model for the other three girls. I think it is important for Jazzie to see someone who is just like here, only a few years ahead :-)
OVV has always meant a lot to me. Being back there last week and seeing what a confidence booster it was for Jazzie and how happy it made her, made me realize just how thankful I am that OVV continues to be in our life.
On the last day, right before pick-up, the girls showed us the cheer they had been working on all week: