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Go Fly a Kite

15 Jan


Telling someone to “Go fly a kite” definitely means different things in different contexts. This made me smile a bit as I was looking through some pictures from this last summer and saw one of my son flying a kite while visiting my family in Indiana.

In general we have not had a lot of luck with kite flying. Arizona is not known for being very windy and when it is, it tends to be gusty.  Those perfect kite flying days are few and far between.  I am quite sure we are not the only family that has two or three kites in their garage that have had a treacherous fate. 

What does continue amazing me though is how my son has crashed, broken and waved bon-voyage to numerous kites and yet will still eagerly come running in anticipation at another attempt when that perfect kite flying day arrives.

Now let’s really think about this. The concept of the kite is not new. In fact we can all agree that it has been around several hundred years. It takes no batteries or high tech technology to fly a simple kite.  In fact you can still make a pretty good one yourself. Now granted not everyone finds them interesting or wants to fly one, but I would venture to say that most everyone in America has tried to fly one at one time or another. Why?

Yep…you are thinking I am going to come up with some very philosophical reason for this that might have something to do with being one with nature or conquering the elements.  Maybe it does or maybe it doesn’t.  But in my mind I think it is much simpler than that.  It’s fun!

Sorry, but people just really haven’t changed all that much in the last two hundred years.  Kites were fun then, and they are fun now. Maybe kites aren’t your thing, but then again when was the last time you tried to fly one?

In this new year of 2014 when you find yourself over worked and over stressed, maybe you should take a moment and have some good old fashioned fun and “Go fly a kite!” Happy New Year everyone!


25 Perks

30 Jan


I have a seat everywhere I go.

Many of you have been following my blog now for several months so you have noticed that some of posts have been serious in nature.  If you missed my blog on “Finding Humor in Everything” you must check it out because then you will be prepared for today’s blog.

There are only a few things in life that I take very seriously and the rest is completely up for grabs in my opinion.  Now let me just preface to you that there are many many things about being a paraplegic that are extremely difficult, painful and downright depressing at times, but those topics are no fun to talk about so I’m not going to.

What I am going to educate you about today are a few fun perks about living your life in a wheelchair.  Now, if you are already offended then just stop reading now because I
have no intention of making people mad at me.  But after 26 years I have definitely gained some insight on the matter, and if I can have fun with it you can too.

  1. My feet never get tired from waiting in line.
  2. When someone has to tell me bad news I am already sitting down.
  3. I didn’t need a stroller when my son was little…I was a stroller!
  4. I get on all the rides at Disney Land a lot faster.  Yeah!
  5. No one ever thinks I‘m lazy for always taking the elevator.
  6. I‘m always allowed on the airplane first.
  7. I can buy as many shoes as I want because they hardly every ware out.
  8. I never get blisters from my new shoes!
  9. I have the perfect lap for holding babies (big fan of this one).
  10. When in a group and told to find a seat…I’ve got one.
  11. I can always see over everyone’s heads at the movie theater.
  12. My friends find me handy at the mall because I can carry their bags.
  13. I always get a good parking spot.
  14. Signs that say, “No Shoes, NO Service.” Don’t apply to me.
  15. My hubby knows I’m exempt from washing windows and mowing the lawn.
  16. I’m the perfect hugging height for 5 year-olds and younger!
  17. Going downhill is super fun!
  18. If I get tired of walking my dog he can always pull me…literally.
  19. My air cushion can be used as a flotation device.
  20. It sounds totally impressive to say that my chair is made of titanium.
  21. When I was younger I could actually miss school for having a flat tire.
  22. I can easily impress any child (and some adults) by doing wheelies.
  23. I get two bounces in wheelchair tennis and you just get one!
  24. I am the envy of every person carrying a folding chair.
  25. I get to witness the shocked looks on people’s faces when I say silly things about my disablity!

Everyone has things in life that can be difficult, but it just might be up to you whether or not you make that difficulty a handicap or a perk!