Frequently while I am checking out at a store, or eating in a restaurant I am asked about Carson ( guess he's cute not to get attention) Always, you get the typical baby questions. Age, weight, diet, and then milestones. Oh the milestone part. Here are a few examples....
"Oh, he must just be getting into everything then as he crawls around"
" When did he start crawling?"
" Is'nt so much nicer now that he can crawl around."
And now that he has turned the big one, the questions are going towards walking.
Today, while at Target the clerk who also had a near one year old boy asked me if he had started walking... hers was close.
I quickly answered her "No. not yet, he has spina bifida so were just not quite there." She was obviously curious about it, and wanted to know more.... the door was wide open... and I changed the subject. I had the perfect opportunity and I didn't and grrr am I dissapointed with myself. Now she may go home and google it and become misinformed.
Sometimes these questions and moments are hard. They strike chords in our heart that can bring tears. But ladies, we have an opportunity in our children to help others. To spread awareness. To encourage. Our kids are miracles... Our kids are blessings... Our kids have spina bifida. Let's not hide that, let's not pass up opportunities.
I challenge you this week to somehow tell at least one person what spina bifida is. The truth about it.
Remember we are REDEFINING.