Thursday, July 10, 2008

Thrilling Thursday

The Oakland County Fair has an incredible service that it does- for two hours they open up the carnival rides to JUST special needs folks AND it's free. The workers are just wonderful and kind and I do believe that they are the same ones on each ride every year- give or take. I do remember the worker on the Dumbo ride from last year. You just know he knows someone with some special need. And the roller coaster operators were asking about Andrew's implant and wondering if it would work for Grandma who always says..."HUH??!!" LOL.

I created two montages. The first one is just an overview of our staycation. The second is the bumper cars. The emotion sharing and referencing is pretty cool, don't you think?! There is little in the way of spoken language at an event like this. At one point I said to DH, "we must get Andrew's map checked." He reminded me (gently) that we were at that point walking past a giant compressor.

I think everyone with special needs kids has 'markers' of how a child was "the last time they did that." This is one of those for me. This year we stayed longer, shared more things (including animals), had more fun, better waiting (although there was a 'this is long and boring comment') and no meltdowns when there were two rides we would not let him do! A funny language thing for the day; somehow we were talking about kids and Andrew says, "Speaking of kids, I want to see the goats."


PS...DH was playing around with a cool feature I didn't know our camera had until a friend showed me some pictures taken from her camera...so maybe yours can do it too. We could focus on one color and the rest are of the picture is black and white. Very cool.




5 comments:

Chef Penny said...

That was so awesome! he referenced you really well! I love those affirming moments too! Tell Andrew that I would have thrown up on the boat ride! lol

Val said...

Beautiful shots. Tell hubby he did a fantastic job and you should let him take lots of pic of you and Andrew.Love the one at the end of the first slideshow and the ones of you two in the bumper cars.

The Glasers said...

I'm getting sick just thinking about it . . .

But, that is seriously cool what they do for special needs families! It is so rare that the outside world recognizes that we truly appreciate any breaks we get!!!!

Niffercoo said...

I love the pics! What a special thing for this fair to do! We've not been to the county fair for years because of the cost and the crowds. It looks like you had a great time!

Kris! said...

STAYCATION--ha, I love it! We're having a staycation this week, in fact :o) We don't have any carnivals around here yet, but blueberries are in season...

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