Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Cool in the pool

Seriously.  Could Will be any happier to be in the pool? Never mind Luke's death grip and mopey face strangling Nate from the back (he was cold). Just look at that little kid in the front. And that big kid in the middle.

All smiles. There's something special about the pool for Will. I've talked with other moms of kids with quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy, and they all echo the same sentiment.

The pool is a magical place. Its where movement is easy and fun, where you don't have to work so hard to hold up your head, and where legs are buoyant rather than weights holding you down. 

And not to steal a line from Chuck E. Cheese, but the pool is a great place for a kid to be a kid.  Just a kid.  Not a kid with special needs.  Not a kid in a wheelchair.  Not a kid who can't do the fun things his brothers can do.  Not a kid you feel sorry for.

Because honestly, if you were at the pool and you saw this face on Will, how could you feel anything but elation?

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