Monday, January 26, 2009

True Beauty

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” ~ Mulan

On Saturday the kids and I picked up Great Grandma Jo and took her with us to the Aquarium of the Pacific for their annual Human Abilities Day. It is a day for those around us that we might over look or feel sorry for to show us how amazing they are. A day when those that can not walk ,talk, see, or even move a single body part can show us their talents and that they are just as passionate about things as you and I. A day where wheel chairs, breathing tubes, walkers, guide dogs, and helpers are normal. A day where a mother can push her sweet little boy through a crowd of people and not see a single “Oh, I feel so sorry for you” stare …yet rather “I know just how you feel” look of comfort. A day when vendors are those from wheel chair companies and special assistance dive teams. A DAY TO SHINE!!!!!!!!

Great Grandma Jo was reluctant to go with us. I let her know that we would not be looking at fish at all we were just going to enjoy the day and performances as long as Collin could tolerate it. Latter that night she called to thank me for forcing .. Oh, I mean encouraging her to go with us. This was her first time and she was overwhelmed by the love and support there. She told me that love that care takers gave to their loved ones was over whelming. She was amazed that despite all of the wheel chair no one was rude or unkind when trying to get around. She was touched by the performances but most of all she was touched by the love and acceptance.
Each and every single person that we encountered on Saturday were true one of kind, beautiful, strong, and rare flowers indeed. Thank you for sharing your beauty with me.





















































We could not leave with out going to see the birds. I HATE the birds. There is just something about them that just... well, they freak me out ok! So, why did we go to see them. Well, these two LOVE them.....




This is what I get for being nice! wink!!!
(They just attacked me! Ok, they didn't hurt me but I swear the louder I shooted the more came over!!!)






8 comments:

The "Street" Clairs said...

That is really cool! THanks for sharing. I want to try and attend the next one with my cousin. He would love it!

PS Our bird always flies to the one person who is the most nervous.

Mandy said...

WOW how awesome!  I wish they did something like that here.  It would be nice to go somewhere and be accepted and not get the pity looks.  Although I do get those looks, those people have no idea how lucky I am!! :)

Grumpwurst (Ray) said...

Julie,

There is a reason why Alfred Hitchcock made a movie about birds....lol

Jennifer Gravley said...

I love stalking, I mean reading your blog. ha ha You put things so simple yet so powerful. You are a great mom. Looks like you guys had a fun day.

Jackie said...

I love this post Julie! I will definitely try to make it there next year for the event. I had no idea the aquarium did such a wonderful activity for all of us to enjoy these amazing people. Is it on January 26th every year?

Lisa Leonard said...

your blog is so beautiful as is your family and your heart!! thanks for sharing your journey with us!! xo

Charlotta-love said...

What a fun day for you! And side note, birds FREAK ME OUT as well. It's the pointy beaks and the wings and ...ew, they just scare me.

Kristi said...

Such a great post Julie! What a neat thing that the aquarium did.

PS-I don't like birds either!