Monday, July 2nd, 2012
Three-year-old Layla McCloskey in Scotland needed a bike. She has cerebral palsy and her mom, Claire, wanted to get her legs moving to strengthen them and get her walking. But Claire was quoted a price tag of over a thousand dollars for an adapted tricycle, which she couldn’t swing.
Then she found a trike tossed out by a special needs school and she grabbed it. Staffers at a cycle repair workshop at a local center for adults with disabilities fixed it up, free, for Layla.
Guess who’s been pedaling around? As her mom said, “Layla just loves her trike. She’s a very determined wee girl and she does’t let anything faze her.”
Yes, everyone loves a happy ending: the kitten coaxed down from the tree limb, the destitute family that wins a lottery, the lost child returned to his mother. But when the happy ending involves a kid with special needs and you’re the parent of a kid with special needs, you get an extra shot of joy—especially because you can relate.
I know what it’s like to yearn for a child with cerebral palsy to walk.
I know how ridiculously expensive adaptive equipment can be.
I know what it’s like to see your child wheeling around on an adapted trike, a child doctors told you might not have much movement.
I know what it’s like to experience the kindness of strangers.
I know all this about being the parent of a child with special needs. So when I come upon stories like this, they put me on a serious bliss high.
And I’ll bet you can relate.
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