Cerebral Palsy, Our Son, Parenthood, Sebastian's Achievements, Toronto

A Walk Outside

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We went for our first walk in the walker outside today. It was a gorgeous, sunny afternoon so we decided to go for a stroll on the side walk. There were some kids playing street hockey up ahead and Sebastian was excited to walk in their direction. Even though they were at the other end of the street, kids playing are a huge motivation for Sebastian. He was walking quickly with a huge smile on his face. There was also a little girl about his age walking towards us with her mom, which also made him happy. Unfortunately, the mother decided to cross over to the other side of the street so she wouldn’t have to pass us. I kept smiling but I wanted to cry. We decided to focus on walking towards the shadows of the trees and made it to two before turning around. Once Sebastian could see his own shadow, he was less interested in walking and also getting tired. We snapped a few photos, made some shadow puppets and headed back inside for a cool afternoon treat of coconut ice cream. I put on a happy face for the rest of the afternoon even though it was really tugging at my heart.

Has anyone ever avoided you and your child in such an obvious way?

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4 thoughts on “A Walk Outside”

  1. Oh my gosh!!! I would bee-line straight to you and Seb if I had the chance, not walk away. Sorry for the mom and kid who missed out on the opportunity to meet you two. You didn’t need them anyways…

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  2. Kara I totally get where you are coming from on this one. Over the years of being a support worker and sibling, I sometimes remind myself that I am not that powerful. Maybe their bus stop was on the other side, or their car. I sometimes find people think I need tons of room to walk when walking with S in his walker. Even if it wasn’t any of that, at least you are enjoying your day. I always smile and say hi, or loudly encourage my client to say hi, so as to let the person coming know we see them. I usually say hi to the kids, they are more receptive and their parents sometimes follow their lead. You have a nice and friendly son, I am sure you will make friends with your nieghbours soon enough. Hang in their wonderful lady, you are all great and sometimes it take people a while to realize that!

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  3. I’m sorry for what happened.
    If we were out walking, I know my kids would love to come over and say Hi to Sebastian.
    Not to mention admire his cool walker.
    Like I often tell my kids – not everyone is given the gift of intelligence, and people don’t always makes good choices. It’s a shame your day was tainted by those who weren’t smart enough to realize what they were missing by not at least exchanging smiles with you.

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