Isabella, Sugar and Spice
Isabella, kissing Gus “How’s Isabella?” I ask her mom, Linda. I met and talked with Linda and Isabella a few months ago, just after Jacob’s Fund began sponsoring Isabella’s therapeutic riding. I remembered Isabella as a quiet little girl who clearly loved her therapy horse, Gus. “She’s progressing as a normal kid, very outgoing, she speaks her mind and has lots of common sense. She’s healthy and happy,” Linda says of her daughter. I feel like cheering. Isabella is autistic and struggles with a language disorder. Speaks her mind? Outgoing? You go, girl! Linda goes on to give me some examples. At school recently, she cut her head, just a small cut, fixed with a Band-Aid, but it bled. Isabella blotted some of the blood on the paper she was working on. Her teacher was momentarily startled until Isabella spoke in a dramatic voice, “I am signing my paper in blood for you.” She often displays that dry wit in class, the teacher tells Linda.