As new(ish) members of LPBC (Little People of BC), we’re just getting to know most of the other members. And not living in a main center (and thanks to island living and being separated by a big body of water) means we don’t always get to attend each function. Even so, we’ve managed to meet lots of great people since I first made a connection with LPBC last year, and I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone better as Declan grows up and the years go on.
Our first introduction, by way of a social function, to LPBC and its members was a big picnic last summer. One of greatest things that I took away from that (other than meeting all the amazing peeps associated with the group), was being able to see all the children, of all different ages. Something that, as Declan’s mom, I had a bit of trouble ‘picturing’, if you will, in my mind, as I thought of the future. My mama heart was happy to see all of the kids, having a blast together, and thinking how invaluable it is to have this amazing group for us all.
One of the things that I am most excited and thankful for, is that Declan will have so many fantastic people, older children, teenagers, young adults, to look up to. Not to mention the other youngest ones, who are close in age…they will be able to grow up together and hopefully build friendships that last a long, long time.
One of the young LPBC members, Danielle Kiser, is quite the remarkable individual. She is an avid, competitive swimmer, with her sights on the Paralympics. She also does a million other things without letting dwarfism define her. She is currently taking part in the Human Library Project at Vancouver Public Library and earlier this week she sat down with CBC Radio. You can listen to her interview HERE (it starts a couple minutes after the 2 hour mark).
I’m so happy that Declan has her, as well as many other fantastic, successful people who are a part of LPBC to look up to, to relate to, and to learn from. And I’m thankful. Thankful that I made a connection with this amazing, supportive group. I know I would be completely lost in this ‘little people’ world if it wasn’t for them. Excited, happy, thankful. There are worse things I suppose… 😉