You’re No Burden, I Assure

You’re No Burden, I Assure

One day running errands with Chloe in her wheelchair and carrying my baby Sam, a very nice lady stopped me to chat about Chloe. She ended by saying, “thank you for carrying such heavy burdens and still being such a happy person.” I know she meant that with all the compassion and empathy in the world and I certainly wasn’t offended, but for Chloe’s sake I wanted to just shout from the rooftops that she is not a burden! These lyrics came to mind: You may need me to carry all your weight, but you’re no burden, I assure. You tide me over with a warmth I’ll not forget and I can only give you love....
Hard Life

Hard Life

Yeah, it’s a hard life But I’m okay If I didn’t have this, I wouldn’t be who I am today And I have lots of friends Oh, and I have love And yeah, I have a hard life but in some ways everybody...
Toy Like Me

Toy Like Me

Have you heard of Toy Like Me? It’s a campaign for ran by parents of children with disabilities promoting change in the toy industry to better represent disabilities. And the toy industry better watch out because if there is a group of people who are patient, persistent, and willing to never stop fighting for what they want, it’s special needs parents! And what a great idea! According to an article on Upworthy, three parents came together and decided their children (one in a wheelchair, one who is deaf and visually impaired, and one who is blind) decided their children needed their assistive accessories to be represented in the toy world to make them feel comfortable and promote positive self image. They made a prototype doll with a cochlear implant, which they shared on social media. The image was shared enough that one week later, a toy company contacted them to take their idea and run with it! There are dolls and a current push for Lego to catch on to the idea. Read the full Upworthy article here. Both of my children, Chloe with special needs and Sam who has no special needs but has a sister with special needs and is exposed to special needs often, love to see pictures of children in wheelchairs in books or toys with special needs equipment (we have a teddy bear with a wheelchair), or when there are children with special needs on one of their favorite shows (Sesame Street does a pretty good job of featuring children with special needs in their episodes). Whenever there is something that reflects those unique aspects...
I Can’t Wait to See You Bloom

I Can’t Wait to See You Bloom

I have made the best friends through social media – Really amazing and inspirations children and parents. One of my closer online friends Jamie posted this narrative the other day: Last fall I sprayed vegetation killer on a small area in our backyard. I then placed these red bricks for a makeshift very-cheap patio. (It was a really ugly area, so even a cheap patio was better than what we had). I hadn’t thought much about this area until I looked outside and saw these daffodil’s sprouting a few weeks back. Even then, I still didn’t give it much thought because I figured they wouldn’t make it very far, what with 20 pound bricks on top of them. When I got home from vacation I looked outside and noticed they were still growing, despite the odds. They don’t seem to care that I *literally* tried to kill them. They don’t seem to care that there is a brick on top of them. They aren’t detoured. Do you see how crooked those bricks are? They were in perfectly straight rows before those daffodils started blooming. That means that the daffodils, which weigh, what, an ounce??? Are pushing those bricks out of their way.  Snow, wind, storms and every other weather condition had been unable move them. But the tulips did. The daffodils have one job and the bricks are in the way, so the only solution for the daffodil is to simply move the bricks. I’m sure their little daffodil friends mocked them when they said they were going to move the brick out of its way. But they didn’t listen to the mocking, they...