My son was 30 feet in the air climbing on a tight rope and, he has Spina Bifida. This was a moment for him, me and his dad that we will never forget. Let me tell you the story…
We were are the BSA ropes course waiting in line when a gentleman approached us and said to me while pointing at my son “I bet we could get him up there if he wants to try it.” My son (Carl James) was a little reluctant but with the encouragment of the BSA leader, my husband, and myself, he decided he could try it out.
We got him harnessed in and they developed a pulley system to pull him up.
Basically for every 5 feet of rope they pulled he would go up 1 foot. It was incredible to see the team working together and heaving and hoeing to get him up there.
I apologize for the video being sideways. I think I turned the camera after I started recording. So it’s stuck that way.
Carl James was nervous at first but after a while he started to think it was pretty cool.I was actually very impressed because he tends to be my cautious child but that seems to be dwindling away the older he gets. They got him up to the top where he could walk on the tight rope and boy is that thing wobbly! I had gone with my friend only hours before, so I know!
It was quite the scene to watch. Not only the people on the ground pulling my son up but to see my husband go for his first time and have to fidget with all of this stuff in his hands to help get things ready for Carl james to cross and then he waited for my son to get down and undid they puley system that they had hung just for my son. Most people it’s just a struggle to get up there and walk across the thing but Carl (my husband) got to get up there and work! Lol. I was very proud of him. Look how busy he stayed…
While Carl James and Carl were walking the tight rope our 3 girls had finished their turn in line and had started climbing the rock wall. So I got to bounce around from each of them trying to catch their moments of glory. The entire video is 8 minutes so I tried editing it to only catch Carl James, then Carl, then the girls. I also took pictures while recording the video.
It’s always been interesting to have kids on two ends of the extreme when it comes to physical capabilities. While Carl James struggles to walk because of his disability my girls will climb the playground equipment and put the other kids there in awe. It’s a hard balancing act. Making sure Carl James feels included yet the girls have every opportunity to excel where they want to excel. Hiking is our favorite family activity but one activity that really highlights these differences.
The thing that is the same is that each and every one of my kids truly applies themselves to each task and challenge they face and I am incredibly proud of each of them.
Everyone had a good time and left feeling like superstars! CarlJames told me several times “That guy told me that some people can’t do that and they don’t even have spina bifida and I did it!” Yes little man you did and I am so proud of you!
These people were so sweet and thoughtful though!
I always wonder if I seem grateful enough. I worry that maybe I am too overwhelmed or stressed to show my gratitude and other days I’m worried if I share too much gratitude I will spill over with tears. Other times I am worried that I will lose my “everything is fine” facade and I might spill out with all of my worries/concerns. So I say thank you, sometimes several times but I don’t always articulate why or how something was so helpful. I hope people can see the gratitude in my eyes and see the weight lifted off of me as they invite and include my son, as they encourage and help my son, as they have patience for him while he walks perhaps slowly in front of them, and especially as they listen to and enjoy him. For those of you that have done this…know that you are appreciated and I notice every bit. Even when you think I am not watching. Thank you for opening your hearts and for sharing your time, talents and resources and for allowing a little boy to feel some extra joy in a life that often has too many hardships. I love you and you hold a special place in my heart.