It has been so long since I wrote anything here, and to try and catch everything up in one post would be a daunting exercise in futility. Instead I am going to just write from where I am today and fill in missing events as needed.
So today was my first day volunteering at a local elementary school. I help in a Kindy class and a 1st grade class during a 3 hour time period 3 times per week. If today was any indication, I will then come home and sleep the rest of the day :) I loved being back around kids and being in a school setting. It seems weird to me that all of the children walk and talk and there are no diapers to change. I was amazed by what the new mandated curriculum expects kindy kids to learn when it is not developmentally appropriate.
At the end of the day I did a sudden notice presentation to the kindy class on "this is me, this is my wheelchair". I tried to explain things on their level and the teacher helped me. We talked about how I can do anything they can do,I just may do it differently. Their questions were so innocent and inquisitive and uninhibited. I got busted for not having my feet strapped in by an observant little boy who noticed the buckled on the foot rests and asked about them. :) I had to confess that I was supposed to use them to hold my feet straight and my legs positioned properly but that it is uncomfortable and so I undid them. Hands down best question goes to the boy who asked "How do you go swimming in a wheelchair because the chair won't float it will sink and you will be stuck under water?" We then discussed how I can get out of my chair and walk a little ways with help and that no one would strap me in my wheelchair and then push me over the edge of the pool. :)
Posted by Bethany at 3:58 AM