So today after school Lilia was rolling around on the playground with one of her classmates who was kicking a ball around. He left the playground, but Lilia remained. I was standing on the sidelines, talking to her teacher about ways to help her remember words. She was kind of going in circles, and I thought she might be stuck. We went out to see what was up and she signed that she was making a picture of a face with her wheelchair tires. She was working on squiggles for the hair. I’ve seen her drawing in the dirt with a stick before, but this was the first time she’d tried to make art with her wheelchair.
“I’ll tell O-sensei (the art teacher),” Y.-sensei said. We talked about how we could provide Lilia with paint and canvas and maybe a spare wheelchair just for her art! Wheelchair art – why not? The future is wide open before us.