Last Saturday was our first Walk, Roll & Run event, which is an annual fundraiser (this year we raised $84,000!) for our local chapter of United Cerebral Palsy.
I'm sure this is typical of many first-time parents, but I found myself staring at everyone and trying to figure out if Malachi will have that gait when he walks or those extraneous hand movements or that type of wheelchair. I couldn't help myself.
What struck me as I looked around was what a huge and varied spectrum of disability cerebral palsy is. No two CP cases are alike and the differences in how it affects people seem so massive to me now. But I know before we started down this path, to me those people were all just "disabled." Period. Well, I probably made a distinction between "disabled but not badly enough or bizarrely enough or intellectually enough to bother me" and "the others," but that's about it. I never really made the distinction of "in a wheelchair but able to feed herself" or "using a walker but able to talk clearly." Now those distinctions seem so important.
So there I was, analyzing and contrasting and comparing everybody's movements. But you know what? Some people who I think are actually normal had pretty weird gaits, too, when you look closely.
How did I not notice that before?
|There's us with our double stroller. I'm waving.|
|This is Connor's mom, Kathy. She blogs at http://frytravelogue.blogspot.com/, |
though not often. Despite this blogosphere transgression, she is completely awesome.
|My brother-in-law crossing the Hawthorne Bridge. The boys are passed out.|
|My awesome parents-in-law. We're looking good after walking in the hot|
sun for over an hour! Jaden decided to sleep through the photo op.