Shaundra loved school despite the obstacles she faced. Everyone knew she had Cerebral Palsy, but
she certainly did not allow it to have her. Her Mother and Father were grateful for that. She was a bright
and happy girl, she was just not able to walk, she was mainstreamed in a integrated Kindergarten class but
that had not come without a fight. They wanted to put her in a special Ed Class but her Mother did not feel
that was the right place for her.
“Mommy some of the kids in my class don’t know how to read yet.” Shaundra explained one day. “I want to help them read the way the doctors help my legs move.”
Sheila could not help but smiling, one thing about her daughter was that her disability taught her to be compassionate, some adults she knew could use that kind of compassion. Compassion that even Sheila felt she lacked sometime.
“Honey that’s good that you want to help others. You know how proud of you I am?”
“I know you are proud of me Mommy, and I am proud of you too.”
Sheila could not help but smile at her precious little girl, even Jason found himself smiling at his daughter. Shaundra had a way of bringing a smile to the faces of people around her. She had a way of radiating joy.
“Mommy I think Jesus wants me to help other people.”
“Honey you are probably right, Jesus puts us all here for a special reason, and he gave me you because he wanted me to have a special little girl.”
“I think Jesus gave me a special Mommy and Daddy too.” Shaundra said smiling.
“The Lord loves us and knows we need each other.”
Shaundra was an amazing little girl, she went through so much daily and yet she was strong. She was stronger than adults five time her age, and her parents were proud of their little girl and all they were teaching not only them, but everyone whose life she touched, even her young friends saw something different about Shaundra and it went beyond her Spastic legs.
Lord thank you for our amazing little girl, I am so grateful for her. Shaundra is such a joy I wish everyone could see her the way we do. She has so much to offer the world, so much and yet to many judge her because of the wheelchair. It’s not fair.
“Mommy why do some people act as if I am going to hurt them, I am going to make them sick?”
“Honey I don’t know, I guess it’s because they don’t understand that you are special, that you are not going to hurt them, you were born different and some people are afraid of people who are different.”
Sheila was thankful her daughter was well adjusted, that she did not feel sorry for herself. She knew if her daughter spent her life being angry about being different than others. She was grateful that her daughter was happy, she prayed her daughter would keep the same attitude once she got older. She was only five now, but in so many ways she was so much older/
“Mommy some of the kids in my school don’t even know about Jesus.” Shaundra said, as she sat on her Mothers lap reading from a Bible story book.
“That’s to bad honey.”
“I want to tell them about Jesus, but the teacher says I can’t.”
Sheila made a mental note to have a talk with her daugters teacher. A five year old should not be told she should get in trouble for talking about Jesus. It just wasn’t fair. Her daughter went through life struggling with more than many adults did and yet Shaundra took her pain better than most adults.
“Honey I will talk to your teacher.”
“I don’t think she knows about Jesus either.”
“We don’t know that for sure Shaundra, teachers can get in trouble for talking about God and Jesus.”
“Mommy that’s a silly rule.”
“I know it is honey, but sometimes grown up’s make silly rules.”
“Why?” Shaundra was full of questions as usual.
“I don’t know honey, I guess they just don’t know better.”
Shaundra had a lot of insight for a five year old, sometimes to her parents it seemed that there daughter was much older, but she was only five, and at times she enjoyed being read to and playing with her dolls like any other five year old little girl.
Even when Shaundra was playing though, it did not come without pain and remembering, the spastistiy in her legs and arms brought pain, especially in her legs, sometimes they twisted in positions that made her Mother cringe and she knew Shaundra must be hurting, but her daughter did not complain easily. She was a strong little girl, and her Mother was thankful for that, but she knew the pain had to get to her sometime, no matter how strong she was.
Lord I know you made Shaundra special for a reason, but Lord ease the pain she feels, let her remain strong, she is going to need this strength and Lord let her never feel that she has to give up on her faith. Lord let her never loose her love for you, I am grateful Lord for all you have done in my life and I am grateful for my daughter, and for all you have given me. I just do not like seeing my little girl hurt, and I do not want her loosing faith in you when she gets older Lord.
“I love you Mommy.”
“I love you too honey.”
Shaundra was such a blessing, such a special little girl and her parents were blessed that she was in their lives. She was their only child but they had talked about having more but they couldn’t decide for sure, and the timing was not right, at least not yet, but maybe someday they would have another child or adopt one.