This is a moment I never thought possible.
I never really allowed myself to hope.
I never really imagined my kids to be out riding together, independently, excited, happy, proud.
Often the thing about disability is that you have to constantly reassess and reevaluate your ideas and expectations of normality. Everyday a new kind of normal is being created in your mind.
When I was growing up in suburban Melbourne I would spend all day on the weekend riding my bike, up and down the street, with friends, with neighbours, in and out of eachothers houses and exploring the neighbourhood. We spent all day outside, playing, creating games, using our imaginations, filling the cubby with grass for carpet, jumping on the trampoline until dusk.
Being a parent I often have moments that I long to share with my kids of things I used to enjoy at thier age. The difference is I was an abled bodied 7 year old and Cooper is not. Our family is different to my growing up family. Our son has a disability that then in turn really affects how we access activities outside the house. Its never as simple as us all walking out the door, jumping into the car or running down the street. Most things have to be planned, thought about. We have to organise how we are going to fit which bit of equipment into the car or how we are going to get to the event with a power wheelchair, or walker, or manual wheelchair.
The bike was introduced on the weekend. Thanks to my lovely friend Di for allowing up to borrow it and alloawing Cooper to experience this.
" I never knew I even wanted a bike" he said after riding all morning.
It was 8am on a Saturday, it was raining and there was no excuse not to get out there in it. My son was excited to ride by himself. He did not care it was raining and neither did I. I have Fiona to thanks for endless inspiration of Swiss wet day activities and I am so glad I can finally celebrate that we too as a family could get outside and explore!
Cooper did have 2 stacks but got back up with grazed hands and started riding again. He never gives up. He was thrilled to share his achievements with his class this morning as we excitedley watched the above little movie.
Once again Cooper has proved to me that it is okay to believe x