“Why can’t me and you hide Daddy, and Olivia come find us?”
Hearing this innocent question, asked by my oldest daughter to my husband before a stellar game of hide and seek, stopped me in my tracks and rendered me speechless and this why…
Kameron, our oldest daughter, completely understands her sister has limitations. She understands her sister can’t walk and therefore relies on a wheelchair for mobility, outside of our home. We have spoken freely about Olivia’s disability to both of her older siblings, ever since she was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. If they had questions we provided age appropriate answers. We wanted them growing up loving her for who she is, not defining her based on her body’s limitations. They were never discouraged from wanting to hold her as a baby and we encouraged them to always find ways that would allow Olivia to participate in games.
So why did my daughter Kameron ask if her sister could seek her? Because although Kameron understands her sister’s disability, she recognizes Olivia’s ability and automatically assumes there isn’t anything her sister can’t achieve…and this completely took my breath away.