“I wasn’t emotionally prepared for that,” is what my husband Randy said after we had a chance to watch a sneak preview of the Dolphin Tale movie in 3D. But the kids were ready and happy to enjoy the experience.
As a parent of a child who has COMPLETELY bought into her personal connection with Winter the Dolphin, this movie was special. As a parent of a child with a difference, this movie was special. We got to follow a fictional version of how Winter got hurt and recovered with the help of a prosthetic tail. It is tender and kind and I got weepy at least three or four times. Winter is special to our family and every parent I have ever talked to with a special needs kid of any type (with or without limb differences) who knows about Winter feels the same way. She represents overcoming a challenge and surviving with the help of those who care around her.
I feel incredibly lucky to have met Kevin Carroll who was a big part of making the prosthetic tail for Winter. He’s the reason Jordan really feels a special connection after the Hanger Company (where Carroll works) gave Jordan a stuffed Winter and a children’s book about her story. There’s a quick video at the end where you can see him. Jordan looked away at the moment and was really bummed to have missed it. Here’s her review: