Since my daughter has never been able to walk or talk, I've always wished that people could see how she is a person who likes and dislikes things the same as everyone does. When she was very young I tried to let other children see that she enjoyed the activities they did, but in a different way. Just because she couldn't run, it didn't mean she didn't enjoy the feeling of moving fast. She loved it when whoever was pushing her in her wheelchair ran. She loved the way it felt to swing, and being with other children. Now that she is older, I wish that people could see past the ways she is different. I wish they could know her as a young woman. Let me tell you a bit about her.
She loves parties! The sound of people talking and laughing, loud music and the general festive air bring her joy.
She hates tuna, really truly hates it! She does love cake, though!
She gets mad at me when she has to get up early. She doesn't like being woken up and expected to function any more than anyone else who wants to sleep in on the weekend.
She is Daddy's little girl, even at the ripe old age of almost 24. Seriously, she could be scowling at me or complaining because I'm touching her arm but let my husband come in the room and try the same thing and she's suddenly happy. She simply adores him.
She feels sibling rivalry yet loves hanging out with her older sister watching movies or listening to music.
She likes watching baseball on tv, SpongeBob, movies, and funny videos where people are getting hit with balls, falling and just doing dumb things.
She loves going places and seeing new sights. When we go out in the van or she is on the bus for her day program she looks out the windows. When we go on vacation she likes seeing all the different things, taking a tour boat ride, and walking through the tourist shop areas. (although that tends to be difficult since most places are crowded). She also enjoys a day at the mall, especially if an ice cream is included!
She is a person in her own right, and I really just wish more people could see that.