After fiercely defending my own judgment at “letting” her clothes get this way, he came to appreciate that it wasn’t such a dumb thing to do after all.
You see, Brielle cannot walk.
She has this adorable method of scooting on her bottom from A to B.
She has low-tone cerebral palsy, and she’s also deafblind.
So letting her get down from her wheelchair to explore the great outdoors is essential.
Touch is her most reliable sense, so for her to be able to feel and explore her surroundings is vital.
As she can’t see very much, she really needs to tactilely experience the world around her to gain understanding and make sense of things.
On this particular day, we were out playing with new friends in a wooded park with lots of bark.
The older kids were running around shouting and having fun and Brielle was just not content to be pushed in her wheelchair.
She could sense we were somewhere new and exciting, and wanted to experience it first-hand.
To see her emerging independence, her sense of adventure and fear of nothing, was a balm to this mother’s heart.
Brielle is not easy on her trouser bottoms.
I’ve patched some of them with leather and duck cloth, cute heart-shaped patches on her bottom.
These eventually rip too, but they do the job for awhile.
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