It was a sunny day at a beach in Wisconsin, and my then 5 year old daughter was going to water ski with Adaptive Adventures and GLASA. I was scared to death. How the heck was my Shea going to ski, when she couldn’t walk. She had never tried a sport or hobbie like this, and I could not fathom how it was going to turn out.
As they were strapping her scared little body into a ski, which had a seat and out riggers for her safety, I noticed a group of teenage girls coming down the pier. They were a beautiful set of girls, in walkers, sports wheelchairs and with prosthetic legs. They came down the pier talking and laughing, and being really nothing more than “typical” teenage girls. They didn’t even notice me staring at them in total awe as they popped onto the ground next to their chairs or took off their prosthetic legs.
They were going water skiing. They were athletes and active and amazing.
Girls like Mel Watson who I don’t even know, have made me see nothing but possibility where I once saw obstacle. They have given me a kind of hope that I could not find anywhere else. I saw the future in them and it looked pretty darn good !