𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗔𝗱𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲𝘀 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗯𝗲 𝘀𝗰𝗮𝗿𝘆, 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗻𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝘀𝗲𝘁 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗻𝗲? 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗟𝗶𝗹𝘆!
"Before starting Hi-Lite, Lily had an extreme aversion to trying new things. She was very nervous about doing something new if she didn't know how it was going to turn out for her. This went all the way back to when she was a baby learning to walk -- there was almost no "cruising" phase where she would use furniture to help herself get around; she didn't even try to walk until she was able to just get up and start walking freely. Even by age 10 or 11, she would always express trepidation about the idea of stepping out of her comfort zone.
Going with her Girl Scout troop to do glass blowing was different. When the event was posted, we asked her if it sounded interesting and if she wanted to go. Apart from a small concern about safety, which we were able to alleviate by explaining that this glass-blowing shop offered workshops to the public all the time and were used to assisting people who had never done it before, she was very interested in the idea of seeing how it was done and doing it herself. There were no second thoughts on the way to the event, nor once we got there and she was able to see how the process worked. In the past, she would often agree at home (or in our hotel room, if we were away on vacation) to try a new experience, only to start with the "I'm not sure's" once she saw what she was in for. Here, she stepped right up when her name was called and followed along with the artisan who was assisting the girls with producing their glassware.
While we (her parents) might have been able to help her get past that sort of nervousness on our own, having Hi-Lite to teach her confidence and independence certainly made a difference." - Lily's Dad
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Story written by Erwin Mascardo, Lily's father