She does it with grace and she does it with beauty and today, she is doing it here! We are swapping blog spaces to share our thoughts on mobility for kids. You can find my guest post on her space today (check it out HERE) but first, read on to learn about her journey towards making (and not making) the tough mobility decisions for her son, Aidan.
Meet my son Aidan.
He’s a Walker and a chair would make him look so….disabled…. like he can’t walk.
A wheelchair didn’t sound like Mobility and Freedom and Independence and Rainbows and Unicorns.
It sounded like failure, like defeat, like giving up.
My son would be relegated to a sedentary life and I would be the Quitting Quitter who Quit on him.
As I sorted through the many practical decisions about getting a chair – manual or power, could he propel himself or drive, could it be used across all circumstances – I got stuck on my feeeelings.
While I wanted to say no to a life of can’t and dependent and impaired, I almost said no to a life of exploration and self-determination and cognitive improvements.
This video chronicles our difficult decision making process:
So now I’m the Preaching Preacher who Preaches early mobility and be brave mamas and be open to tough choices. But I’m still the Hoping Hope-er who Hopes because Aidan is still a Walking Walker who Walks and Drives and Propels himself and uses any means necessary to get where he wants to go.
Even to the cookie jar. Isn’t that what Smarty Smarty Pants do?
Heather met her husband in a castle in Ireland and they have 2 handsome princes. When Heather is not involved in the myriad of tasks required in raising a child with a disability, she can be found with her hands on her piano, her nose in a book, or her fingers at her keyboard blogging at Team Aidan. Come join our journey!