We were lucky enough to be picked to attend the Santa Clause Parade with Make A Wish. They had an entire block sectioned off, so that you didn’t have to come down early and save a spot on the curb. They had superheroes, pizza, and sent us a box of goodies to bring with us so that we were nice and warm.
I have had a wheelchair in the house for a couple of weeks, but just couldn’t bring myself to use it. A kind Batten mom had lent me one while we wait for Claire’s customized one. Claire is getting to long for strollers and they don’t have enough support for her in the right places, so I know its time.
We decided to bring it to the parade, and I’m go glad we did. She was able to sit up, be supported and see the entire parade in a comfy seat. There is just so much stigma around disabilities, and I never want her to feel different.
I realize this is more in my head then anything, so I will continue to do what’s best for Claire, and that
means a wheelchair now. Another new normal.
The kids loved seeing all the marching bands and I’m glad that we made the effort to get out of the house and go. Making memorable memories and letting them experience as much as they can is important to us, and seeing the smile on their faces was a reminder how important it is to keep doing that.