One of the many challenges of caring for a child like Michael is finding things that will interest him. Like all of us, he eventually tires of games, toys and activities he has mastered while new things are difficult to learn and understand. He can be overwhelmed by too much stimuli.
We went down to San Diego for a weekend, a bit of vacation for his parents and a chance for Grandma and Grandpa to spend time with Michael and his parents.
We stopped to picnic at the beach along the way. Michael seemed to think this was pretty good.
We went to San Diego Zoo. He enjoyed the food his mom had brought for him and he likes riding in his chair.
Playing with mom was more fun than climbing on the many sculptures as other kids were doing.
The animals, not much interest there. We weren't too surprised but if we don't keep trying new things or revisiting old ones we'll never know what might interest him.
Traveling with Michael is a lot of work. His mom prepared food to take with us and brought a blender so she could puree food we got on the trip. He slept on a blow up bed we had brought along with waterproof sheets. We had his wheelchair so that we could walk and sight see but had him walk as much as he could.
Families of disabled children need all the help and support that they can get. With the new congress I worry that funding will be cut to programs for the disabled. Are we losing our compassion, our progressive spirit? Are business interests and the accumulation of more and more wealth all the American people care about? I am very dissapointed in the direction our world is headed.
See more world views at That's My World Tuesday, hosted for us by Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy and Sylvia.