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I taught him something new Eat and boat were the only two words he knew yet he said these two simple words with enthusiasm and passion When he smiled his hazel eyes glimmered with curious innocence and his lips curled in naive playfulness childish but sincere He laughed at the ordinary things in life -- a butterfly fluttering on a leaf a ball rolling across the asphalt -- but his laughs always rang joyously untainted by worry Nervous but eager I arrived for the Landmark program in Gilmanton Iron Works New Hampshire only to find Korys outstretched arms ready for a bear hug I looked at him uneasy and hesitant There he stood before me all five-foot-nine of him with a silly grin revealing two rows of crooked teeth Immediately I was astonished repulsed and a little frightened He looked disheveled and dirty yet he oozed innocent confidence I had never interacted with the mentally challenged before and I had no idea what to expect I reluctantly took a step forward into his extended arms into a new world Sam I tried to teach him in hopes of throwing another shiny quarter into his bank of two words He stared at me blankly questioning the sounds that came out of my mouth He slowly formed a bemused expression that seemed to indicate those quarters might never shine At first our time together was very awkward I didnt know what to say to him and he didnt have much to say to me After the first day however I realized that although Kory couldnt converse he enjoyed just listening to me and playing with me In fact after spending a week with Kory my own communication skills improved markedly I discovered the power of eye contact facial expressions and physical gestures After we reached this understanding our relationship progressed steadily I found him easy to trust and he began to trust me He looked
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