Wednesday 27th June

By | June 27, 2012

The day of D’s sports day and how wonderful it has been 😃👍

It didn’t start off that way – naturally, thanks autism – as she was very anxious about sports day and it took her TA, plus her teacher to get her into school. I had a “cunning plan” to have Bunny in my handbag for the morning’s skills activities and D interpreted that to mean Bunny was staying there all day. Eventually she went in and then greeted me 20 minutes later – at the start of the activities – like she hadn’t seen me for hours!!

She participated in all the skills activities in the morning.

All the class did brilliantly.

This afternoon was the competitive element, the running races! There is always a fantastic atmosphere at this. Every “house” colour sits together – relatives included – and all try to outdo each other with cheers etc. There were medals and a podium this year too, which made for a very competitive atmosphere. I asked D who we should cheer for and she would answer “who is in the lead” – my fickle daughter!
She came third in her first race – unfortunately there was a shortage of bronze medals so didn’t get a medal, which caused a bolt (in a big field) and a lot of calming down – and second in her next race – silver medal woohoo!

The medal made for a very happy D and a bursting-with-pride Mumma! She was overjoyed.

I think the highlight of the afternoon was seeing a child in the races who was in D’s class two years ago. She has cerebral palsy and is normally in a wheelchair but today she was in a race, supported by a TA on each side, walking. Her smile as she crossed the finishing line was absolutely fantastic.

The wheelchair-using children had a race too, their TAs running along behind them, I think they’ll sleep well tonight!

D’s enthusiasm (and the fact it finished early so she was out of school before the other two schools we pass) kept her going all the way home, together with another “guess the colour of the smarties”.

T was mega proud of his sister’s medal (and a bronze one to come) and he cleared a shelf in her room for her “medal cabinet”, he’s already looked up what the Paralympic medals look like (nothing like planning ahead T!)

Not surprisingly D has settled, tired but happy – with her Melatonin as per.

Butterfly watch – day 27 🌸🐛🌸:
Still no news from the 10 bat-like Freds, just hanging around, doing their thing.

I hope everyone’s had a good day, thanks very much for reading, comments/RTs as ever welcomed Jx 😘

I’m so proud of how she participated today – despite initial anxieties – and even though she bolted over the lack of a bronze medal, she overcame it and got a silver one.

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