Special Needs Dad 365

Walking with Livy
One of my favorite things to do is to go for walks with Livy. Yesterday, we were out in the beautiful, Florida weather. Livy wears a visor to keep the sun out of her eyes. She gets to listen to the birds, look at the trees moving in the wind, and feel the gentle breeze on her face. She is so peaceful and it makes our walks extra special.

From time to time, I like to look down over her head from behind her wheelchair. I must look pretty funny upside down because she cracks the biggest smile. We stop occasionally so I can talk to her and point out objects along our path. If we’re lucky, we might run into someone walking their dog. Dogs are always interested in Livy and her chair.

We’ve been traversing the same path now for many years. We live in a neighborhood that has nice sidewalks with mature oak trees lining the way. I’m guessing we will be walking the same path years from now as well. Livy may have a bigger wheelchair then, but I’ll still be pushing her and making her smile.

It is interesting how time passes by. Many mornings as I am coming home from dropping Hailey off at school, I see two dads pushing their sons in strollers around the block. I started seeing them a few years ago and it looked like their kids were a similar age. Over time, I watched as their sons grew. Before the holiday break, I saw both boys walking instead of being pushed.

With Livy, time seems to stand still. She makes very small gains but even those take years. There are many reminders about Livy’s disabilities, such as the two dads and their sons. Despite moving from grade to grade in school, her progress is quite slow. We really have no idea what she will be able to do in the years ahead. But some things are certain. She will always be my little girl and I will be proud to push her wherever we go.