Well we tried to go and participate in another walk for epilepsy awareness today, three of us. (Our son decided he’d rather go to Grandma’s so off he went.) It was a lovely day, and we got a great parking spot. With our girl and her backpack/harness, off we went at 1:50 pm. The walk was scheduled from 2-4. Silly us, we figured it would actually start at 2.
That was really optimistic. We walked to where people were gathering, at one of the covered picnic areas, and we walked back in forth near by, trying hard to keep Sophie occupied and happy. The weather was beautiful, sunny and breezy. For about half an hour, this worked but then she noticed the water – a big, beautiful “lake” (small by lake standards, big by pond standards). Off she went, pulling hard on her harness. After we stopped her and got her walking back in the correct direction, she started expressing her displeasure. We figured we had really pressed our luck – keeping a two-year-old in a 9-year-old’s body happy for half an hour while you walk back and forth is no mean feat.
So, having done nothing we set out to do other than show up for a walk, we went back to the car, promising her a car ride, and we left. As we left they were just beginning to talk about starting the walk and people were still registering.
I will say that this experience gave me hope. She really was happy while we were walking, so much so that she was actually hopping! I think if we go to another, bigger and better organized walk, she will actually be willing and happy to participate. Also, we may want to see if we can find one that isn’t particularly close to water, though that is hard to do in our area.