As most of you have seen, if you have been watching our story for this past year, Angela is growing and developing in amazing ways. It seriously blows my mind to look at photos from last November when we first met her and just ten months later, she looks like a totally different kid -- there is life in her eyes that before was rather difficult to find.
Since Madison is now in school and can no longer be Angela's buddy in the child care at the gym, Angela is now my official running partner. It's no easy task for either one of us. Angela gets bored sitting in her chair as I run around the track, and well, I get tired pushing her 150 plus pound wheelchair around the tight turns on the 1/13th mile indoor track. As soon as I get going it's time to turn that beast around another corner. Not much fun -- but it's what we need to do for now, until Angela is ready to go into the child care by herself.
Anyway, since Angela has been getting so bored, the other day I decided that I would run a mile then let her get out and "walk" as far as she would go, then put her back in and we would run another mile or two together. When I say walk I don't mean she just gets up and moves her legs like you and I do -- but it's still an extraordinary moment. Something clicked in Angela's head these past few months -- the I can stand on my own two feet switch was turned on, and it is amazing to see. I can stand behind her and give her a little bit of support under her arms, or she will grasp a hold of my fingers with her arms extended and stand -- all my herself. Huge stuff.
Well I figured if she is now standing, why not start walking. So I have been holding her arms from behind and prompting her feet with a little tap from my shoes and they move forward. We repeat this over and over and she will even pick her own foot up to step every once in awhile. The most amazing thing is -- the other day she walked half the track. Holy freakin' cow. This is totally an extraordinary moment.
I am so proud of her. There are some days, which is pretty common in the special needs world, that I look and question -- are you really in there? Then days like this reassure me -- of course she is in there! Angela is such a smart and driven little girl. Make me so excited to dream for her.
I said the other day -- one day she will walk. Someone corrected me -- one day she will run.