a blog about raising a daughter with cerebral palsy and learning unexpected lessons along the way

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Wrong Way

In my previous life I taught first grade. I was insistent that my students only go down the slides on the playground. It was a simple rule made and enforced to keep my little darlings safe. You could guarantee I'd shoot the infamous teacher "stink eye" to any daring child who challenged my rule. And believe me, many did.

But, funny how time and circumstances change us. For a kiddo like Oia, climbing up a slide is a therapeutic challenge, practiced in PT sessions, and now suddenly acceptable in my mind. Even encouraged. My heart feels great delight to witness Oia tackling a slide the wrong way. She prefers the challenge of climbing up instead of sliding down which never ceases to amaze me. I never thought this would be a rule I'd gladly let my child break nor did I ever imagine that sometimes I actually have to remind myself that yes, this is a child with cerebral palsy... just look at her go.


  1. I LOVE IT!! We are so proud of her! I got so excited when she made up the slide and then I see that beautiful Esme in the swing too!- This video absolutely made my day!

  2. Oh my goodness, look at her go!
    She will conquer all, Mo.

    And Esme couldn't look any sweeter in that swing!

  3. WOW! She really looks great doing that. Oia moves very well. She does not look like she has CP at all. Many kids would be challenged to go up a slide the wrong way, CP or not. I guess that is why they like the challenge.

    My daughter, Emma, just turned 8; and she has CP. She is much more physically involved than Oia, but my Emma is a cutie just like your girls--if I do say so myself. I found your blog via Amy and Elena's blog. Hope you don't mind. I just had to let you know how impressed I am with your little sweetie.

  4. I love it. Oia totally rocks. And Esme is a cutie patootie in the swing.

  5. i did not know u were a teacher i want to study education Eseme is cute

  6. Cute! She did great! Wow, I bet that's not something you ever thought she'd do when you got the Spastic Quad diagnosis at 7 months!!

    From the CP Connection