I hesitated at first when Kathy asked us to take part. The show is LIVE and in accordance to the old adage, “Never work with kids or animals!” I was aware that this Hallowe’en centered segment could go sideways at the drop of a (witch’s) hat.
But, I knew my girl would love it. To be in the spotlight and to feel important, if only for 120 seconds, how could I deny her that?
Avery is often overlooked for cool experiences on the assumption that kids with special needs can’t perform or participate safely or cope with the situation at hand.
I get it. I do.
However parents who don’t have the pleasure of parenting a child with special needs don’t understand how capable kids can actually be if given the chance.
- A playdate at your house? We can make it happen! She dreams about it.
- Roller skating party? My girl would love it! Maybe she can’t skate with grace, but I’d be there to help her.
- Gymnastics? This makes her heart sing. She may be designated to the younger class, but Avery can tumble for ya with a smile and I’ll be close by to make sure she’s safe.
- Modelling? Just try telling a beautiful girl who happens to have Down’s Syndrome that she isn’t a model or that because SHE relies on crutches that she isn’t the perfect addition to a Target ad campaign.
KiDS ARE SO MUCH MORE THAN THEIR LABELS. They all shine in their own way. It’s just that not everyone can see that, yet.
But I digress….
Thank you K.B. for thinking of Avery. This made her (ahem, and her teary mama’s) day.
Here’s Avery’s television debut! (Who do I talk to to get this kid an agent?)
*Yes, she does grab handfuls of candy. But, what you don’t know is that she is not a greedy little sugar seeker. She was grabbing enough to take home to her big brother—she felt sad that her best friend missed all “dis fun stuff.”
** Avery loves her costume SO much that she plans to wear it to a very special Hallowe’en party Friday night.
*** Kathy makes being on live T.V. look easy. It’s so not. If I had the link to my CHCH Morning Live segment from when I was on the show, you’d see how awkward it can be…..#deerinheadlights
For tips on how to do Hallowe’en on a budget this year, watch the full CHCH Morning Live broadcast here.