Do you consider yourself pretty accessibly minded? Are you conscience of those in your group and how they can access things? Are you constantly thinking of how your child will get around or perhaps “function” in out of the home environments?
For those of us with special need kiddos, these are our constant worries. We want our children to be able to be among their peers and have the same accessible opportunities. But let’s be honest, that’s a fight in of itself. While us parents can only light so many fires to get access, there are times when we come up empty handed. Those are the times we feel defeated.
THEN there are those moments when all hope is restored and people go out of their way to make it accessible friendly for all. Those are the ones that you hang on tight to and acknowledge our gratefulness for their accessible mindset.
Linden was invited to a classmates birthday party this past week. These two were in the same class last year so they are continuing to build on their friendship. This little girls older sister, Reese, took Linden under her wing last year as his 5th grade mentor. She was always by his side; helping him get around and exuding her carefree humble spirit for all to see. She was and continues to be a blessing in his life.
About two to three weeks prior their mom texts me to see if we thought Linden could do a cave tour if we had as many adults on deck to help with mobility. The last time we went was when he was 2 and much lighter. She explained that if it was too tough of an option for him then she was going to come up with another party plan. Can you believe that?! She was taking into account my son’s needs before making a definitive plan. I can’t even begin to tell you how emotionally struck I was.
My husband was off that day so we were able to make the party work. We were all looking forward to it. Linden was going to get to see his classmate and Reese. Him and Reese are joined at the hip when together. It’s the most precious thing to watch. Linden smiling, no care in the world, being a kid and enjoying every second of it.
The cave tour was tricky but with all the pre-planned support it went without a hitch. All the kids had a blast! Now as for my leg muscles, whoa! Up down up down up down so many stairs. Honestly it was a good sore. I had a wonderful time with wonderful people but most of all because the humbleness of this family to ensure the inclusion of my son warmed my heart.
From the bottom of my family’s heart..thank you Watson family for restoring our faith, giving us the opportunity to make memories with you all, and having an accessible mindset.