Living a life much bigger than normal

I know that the chance of “them” reading this blog is slim because some people in the world today have a attitude of : “ If im not affected by it I wont bother to know more about it”

The “Them” that I am referring to are the few ignorant individuals that roam among us… what saddens me the most is they not just “anybody”… they are parents just like you and me so let me explain. On a recent outing Leah got really excited when she saw a little girl sitting in the shopping cart close by. Leah said hello and waved asked her name and the little girl responded and smiled and chatted just like two toddlers would do… completely innocent not having a care in the world. The little girls mom was not aware of the two little ones chatting as she was too busy picking fruit out of the basket. As I moved my shopping cart to pass the little girl, Leah stretched out her hand to touch  her hand, her mother who happened to be done fruit picking at this point realized what  Leah was doing and darted across the floor to get between her child and Leah, she pushed her little girls hand out the way and said  “Don’t touch her cant you see there is something wrong with her!!”  And she walked off.

My heart broke and I was left speechless, needless to say I left what I was doing and walked out the shop, as my eyes welled up with tears . I held Leah in my arms and she put her arms around me and said don’t cry mommy, she had no understanding of what had happened and  I felt a sense of relief  because she didn’t have to fell the hurt I was feeling.After I regained my composure I became really angry because I realize how ignorant this mother was, she without knowing is teaching her child to be just as ignorant as she is.

I’m sure lots of LP moms have been in my shoes and has been left utterly heartbroken, don’t people realize how hurtful their actions can be?? Are they so selfish that they have lost all sense of self-awareness?? How can they demand respect from the world if they dish out disrespect to others?? How can you whip out your cell phone camera and say “Oh my can a take a picture of her we have never seen a baby midget ITS so cute”

I guess there will always be ignorant people in the world but at the same time I am grateful to the genuine people who go out of their way to acknowledge Leah when she says hello…. The few who smile and blow kisses the few who say do you mind if I give her a hug, the few who say Leah that’s a beautiful name……..  God has a plan of that im sure, Leah is my testimony… because when the world had no hope for her God knew better and I’m sure one day she will rise above all these hurtful moments to become a little lady living a life much bigger than normal.

The little tricycle tour

We recently had a very exciting weekend, We decided to have Leah take part in the Pick and Pay Argus tricycle tour, this is quite a big event in South Africa particularly Cape Town as it the lead up to the big Argus Cycle tour, which usually hosts about 38,000 cyclist who range from professional to those who just do it for love.

This year Cape Town had the pleasure of having Lance Armstrong take part in the tour, so needless to say I saw it as the perfect time to splash out with some “Dwarfism Awareness”

Leah was lucky enough to be sponsored by some good family friends with a Helmet, and a personalized sweater proudly displaying what we as a family stood for. She took part in the 1.5km tricycle tour and although her little legs are not able to reach the pedals just yet she had the full support of daddy who proudly pushed our little bug to the finish line. She was awarded a medal for her participation, and was clearly proud of her achievement and decided to wear it for the rest of the day. It was really emotional for us a s a family because to us it was more than just participating in a fun race, It went far deeper than that, we were there for a cause, we were there to let others see that Leah and all kids that may have physical challenges can achieve anything their heart desires, and more importantly it was teaching Leah that she is a brave, beautiful little girl who has the ability to do great things in life.

As daddy pushed Leah across the finish line I could not hold back the tears, the look of achievement on her little face is a picture that will stay with me for the rest of my life, and it seems the tricycle tour turned into much more for our family, it was as if we bonded a bit more and became aware of how much love Leah has brought into our lives.

The positive that comes out of this is I know that Leah captured many hearts, and I had lots of people asking what “Dwarfism awareness” was about. So if we managed to touch a few hearts it’s a start, ironically things always seem start  small but in the end it could turn into something big, and hopefully it can make a difference one day.