Shortly after we were matched with Ruthie, we got an update and that update included this picture. During that time, I was googling Ruthie's special needs and all together they pointed to different syndromes that included profound mental retardation. When I received this picture I was terrified that her tongue hanging out of her mouth was somehow indicative of a cognitive disability. I panicked and many of you talked me back to sanity and shared stories with me about how you feared the worst too with your placements and then that simply was not the case. Thank Heavens we moved forward with Ruthie and did not let that darn tongue picture scare us away.
Now every time I see her playing with her tongue hanging out, I laugh and think back on that time. Today was one of those days. We went to the pool for the first time this summer and Ruthie spent the first 30 minutes with her tongue hanging out of her mouth. That's my girl and that tongue I have grown to love.