Hawk Walk 2011

Some of you may not know that Parker’s Dad is a Principal.  Reed is actually the Principal at the school that Parker would go to…..if Parker went to school.


Parker’s name is proudly displayed on an apple, along with the names of the other students in the class, on the front door of the class room.

But since Parker’s health doesn’t allow him to participate in a classroom setting, his teacher comes to us twice a week.  She’s fantabulous, btw.  The other days I homeschool our Brave Hero.



Tomorrow is the Highland Hawk Walk.  It’s the only fundraiser the school has  the entire year.  It’s become a tradition the kids look forward to.

It works pretty much like other walk-a-thons.  You find a sponsor (usually parents or grandparents) to sponsor you for each lap you take.  Some prefer to just donate a set amount regardless of how many laps their kid makes.

Parker will be walking tomorrow.  His Grandparents (my Mom and Dad) are sponsoring him.   My Mom was kinda thrilled that Parker would be participating in something that almost all of my kids have been a part of.

There will be laps walked.  There will be laps taken in the stroller.  And I’m sure there will be laps where Parker frantically signs ‘Go!’….. which is his way of telling us to speed it up some.

I think what I’m most looking forward to though is joining in with a classroom of fantastic kids….each with their own diagnosis…….their own reasons for being in Miss Angie’s Life Skills Class.

I have NO idea what any other kid’s diagnosis is.   It doesn’t matter.  These kids, each one of them, have stolen my heart.

I know they’ve worked twice as hard to master the skills their typical peers take for granted.

I watched as they welcomed a little kid with tubes hanging off of him into their midst without even a second thought.   Nobody cared that Parker couldn’t talk.  Or that he couldn’t jump or run or  maintain the flamingo pose during Adaptive P.E.  They cheered because he tried.   He did his best, and as many of the kids told him, “Don’t worry, you’ll do even better next time!”

Parker was welcomed for who he was.  It was as simple as that.

I ask you, how often has that happened in YOUR life?

I bet, outside of family, you could count the times on one hand and maybe even have fingers left over.

If you find yourself at the Hawk Walk tomorrow, stop by and say hello.

I’ll be the one with my head held high, filled with pride at being a part of this spectacular group we call ‘special needs.’


  1. Janet Sep 23, 11
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