Today was the first buddy event of the season. I was incredibly excited to meet my buddy, Owen. Owen is 4 years old and has Down syndrome. He is unbelievably adorable and enthusiastic, with so much energy. The moment he arrived at the park, he was already running off to go down the slide or play in the water park, laughing the whole time. I had such an amazing time with Owen and my buddy partner, Isaiah. I felt like I was almost transported back to having a 4 year old’s mind. As I ran around the park with Owen, we pretended to be dinosaurs and splashed through the fountains, disregarding any stares or judgments. It was such a nice, carefree feeling, and I have endless gratitude towards my new buddy and buddy partner for helping me to get in touch with my inner child. I can barely wait for the next buddy event!