Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Little Things #6

Today's gift is the little things #6.

Later this afternoon I am going with my middle daughter, part of her brownie troop and probably a good number of other girl scouts to an indoor water park for the day.

While most of the other parents are looking forward to spending time with their daughters, I think the experience with my daughter is what I am looking forward to the most ( of course with the experience comes spending time together too!).

Due to the fact my oldest daughter has Rett Syndrome, everything we do is a different experience from most. While yes, I can take my daughter to the same water park her sister is going to, the experience would be different.

My middle daughter has been wired all morning about today. She has been looking at the website planning every second of her visit. This is something my daughter with special needs can not do.

My middle daughter will be able to run around the water park with her friends riding one ride after the other....with no help from anyone else. This is something my daughter with special needs can not do.

My middle daughter will be able to not have me right by her side every second of our visit to the park. This is something my daughter with special needs can not do.

My middle daughter will be able to sit with her friends at their own table for meals, order for herself and feed herself...with no assistance from me. This is something my daughter with special needs can not do.

My middle daughter will be able to take a shower and get dressed on her own. This is something my daughter with special needs can not do.

My middle daughter will be able to put herself to bed, on her own, when she is given the go ahead it's time for bed. This is something my daughter with special needs can not do.

You see the whole experience is something I am really looking forward to as it isn't something I or our family experience all the time. My daughter with special needs makes me appreciate little things like these experiences. I only wish and pray daily my daughter with Rett Syndrome can enjoy "typical" experiences like her "typical" peers one day...with no modifications or special circumstances. I pray one day she can run and play with her peers and instead of being by her side, I can be watching her from a distance having the time of her life.

Here is a quote for today..

Never get tired of doing little things for others. For sometimes those little things occupy the biggest part of their heart - Ida Azhair

 

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