As a former mother of a special needs child, I know all too well the daily struggles that parents face every day. One of my biggest challenges was trying to find “things to do” for my daughter. Almost daily she would say, “I’m bored, I’m bored Mom.” This was in the day before Morgan’s Wonderland and very little was available in the way of recreation. Our Jamie would eventually be both blind and cognitively impaired. A combination that made things a bit more complicated.
We taught her to swim early on and thank goodness because that is pretty much what we did. One of the reasons why we “got into horses” was we thought that it might be a great therapy for her. Jamie’s school classes were our first groups to come out and I quickly saw how thrilled these kids got from petting an animal and riding a horse. There is something that animals, particularly horses do for kids that is nothing short of amazing.
As Jamie’s disease progressed it was so important to help create these happy memories for her. One good memory would last forever in her mind. Sometimes weeks and even months later, Jamie would start smiling and after some prompting we realized that she was just replaying that memory.
We have witnessed some pretty special memories over the last 15 years. In the coming weeks, we’ll tell you some of “our stories.”