So last year I was really hurt, because Jeremy didn't think Thomas was ready to go on a campout. He was 2 and a few months. I'm not sure what the typical age is for a son to go on father/son campouts, but I was afraid Jeremy didn't want to take him, because of his special needs. I was afraid he wouldn't take him if he didn't walk and do other things that a typical child does. The unstable mama emotions definitely come out when I think Thomas is missing out on anything because of his disabilities. I definitely overreact some times. It just makes me want to cry when I think about our little boy missing out on some of the greatest, most memorable life experiences. I'm worried that congnitively he understands and wonders why he is different. Why he can't get up and play like the other kids. Why can't I march around in a line like the other kids. Why can't I jump up and catch a bubble. Why can't I climb up the stairs and go down the slide. Why, Why, Why. I feel like he is a spiritual giant with the best ever attitude, so I'm sure it is just my feelings. He probably knows exactly why he is the way he is and has an understanding of it, accepts it, and is happy about it. What a special little man.
Well about two weeks before the campout Jeremy asked me if it was okay if he took Thomas. I was ecstatic! They had a blast together. Someone had to save Thomas from falling in the fire once when Jeremy was cooking breakfast, but other than that all incident free. (seriously) I am such a proud mama and wife to have had my two sweeties go on their first ever campout together. I love those two guys. Jeremy even took his feeding gear and hooked it to the top of the tent and got him fed through his G Tube all night. What a MAN!!!
Here are some pictures of the campout. Jeremy even remembered the camera which is better than I would have done. He constantly amazes me. Most of these pictures are of our loving bishop and his son Matthew with Thomas. Bishop McHugh always talks about how much he loves Thomas and how special he is. We are moving into another ward and I think most of our ward will miss Thomas the most. I don't know whether to feel happy or sad about that. I think happy.
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