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I am a below knee amputee. More importantly, I am also Mommy to two boys, a very active 10 year old (Robby) and an mischievous toddler (Timmy). I have learned that being a parent with a disability can create some unusual and sometimes humorous situations. This blogger is available for hire! Let's talk and learn how a blog can expand your business.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Flying Koopa

We had a laid back and happy Fourth of July celebration. This year we decided to forgo community parades and parties, opting instead to grill steaks and corn at home. Instead of wrangling with crowds at our typically quiet pool we decided to go indoor skydiving. Robby was giddy crossing the activity off of his summer bucket list.

Scott and Robby were the two flyers in the family while Timmy and I assumed the role of cheerleader. To be honest, I have no desire to experience indoor skydiving. Although I am normally chomping at the bit to participate, this time I was happy to sit on the sidelines and watch.

The entire activity took considerably longer than I estimated. I thought we would only be there for 30-45 minutes. It turns out that between suiting up, the training class and waiting patiently for your turn to fly, we were there for two hours. Typically a two hour wait with Hamlet would equal disaster but it turns out that Timmy was more than happy to watch everybody float in front of him. I was surprised that he was so thoroughly entertained watching strangers venture into the vertical wind tunnel, but I embraced the byproduct of his being content and happy! Lately I haven't been fortunate enough to spend time with a well behaved toddler; it was nice to have a glimmer of hope that he will return for good one day soon. 

Although he was nervous, Robby did a great job "flying." I could tell that he was scared, but once he learned to trust the instructor, he started to relax and have fun. Scott, on the other hand, had no problem immediately jumping into the experience. He was smiling from ear to ear from the beginning to the end of the flight. Both novice flyers proclaimed that they can't wait to do it again.

All in all, it was a great holiday. The Summer of Awesome 2017 continues!

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