You see that smile? It was always there. Oh, I remember a time or two when Shiloh was upset as I watched her on TV, but it was rare. In spite of not being able to walk, being fed through a tube, taking medications that blew her up, etc. she always had that radiant smile…
Watching Shiloh with her parents it was easy to see where she got her spirit. There was no doom and gloom in their house; it was filled with fun and laughter. They also didn’t treat Shiloh as if she were an invalid. She was encouraged to reach for her goals.
It was stunning at her young age that she never faltered for a second about separating her legs. No, no, aaand no. It wasn’t worth the risk. There were too many complications, too dangerous. Yet, when she wanted to learn to swim Shiloh hesitated, she was scared. It took a lot of courage but she did it.
This wonderful girl who gave inspiration to so many passed away on October 23, 2009 at ten-years-old. Her name is Shiloh Pepin, yet she will always be known as “the mermaid girl.” Can you imagine not having an identity? Not being known as _________?
Still, she smiles.
May Your Glass Always Be Half Full
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