Had you participated in the Blisters for Bread Charity Walk in August, you may or may not have noticed a group of "Wonder Women" making the most of every photo op available (and those not-so-available)...enjoying every moment to the fullest, matching each step with a reason to smile or laugh. Exchanging crowns and superheroes for petals and belts of ivy, those same ladies (plus a few more) joined in at the Medihelp Tekkie Challenge in aid of raising funds for the Jan Kriel School for Learners with Special Educational Needs.
That's great, you might think to yourself...I mean who doesn't love contributing to a good cause AND while doing something fun? But, is it really more worthy of a mention than any of the other couple of thousand entrants? Ordinarily, no! But then again, parenting a child with special needs is anything but ordinary. Planning a funky outfit, arranging meet-up points, a couple of kilometres during which to catch-up, strengthen friendships, socialise with the community and just be one of the crowd for a short time, momentarily pushes aside the usual thoughts which occupy our minds 24/7...is my child okay...am I okay...are their meds okay...are their doctors/therapists/carers/teachers okay...did I remember to make this doc appointment, give that med, arrange that surgery/therapy/assessment...is this temp just a temp, is this cold just a cold...too little stimulation...too much stimulation...what will the future hold for him/her...what happens when I am gone...who will advocate for him/her...understand...care...love the way I do?
So, a few precious moments to allow ourselves the luxury of becoming consumed with something seemingly-insignificant to some but yet a significant distraction for those facing special needs challenges on a daily basis, most certainly calls for the occasional crown, flower and impromptu photo shoot...
Medihelp Tekkie Challenge - 5 September 2015
Heidi, Wilna, Lizel, Farzana
Kate, Lianie, Nicky
Blisters for Bread - 23 August 2015