“A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22 (Amplified Bible)
Being confined to a wheelchair because of Dystonia and struggling to use his hands in the midst of contorted and twisted movements makes for a limited repertoire of enjoyable activities for David. But that doesn’t seem to hinder his good-natured, joking and sly disposition! One of his favorite pastimes is watching good ole’ Laurel and Hardy movies. In fact, he has a bunch of them. Sometimes, when it seems that everything David tries to do only makes his jerking and tenseness worse, the best calming solution is a funny movie. That’s when we pull out Laurel and Hardy!
On our recent trip to South Carolina to see granddad, David got to experience an ultimate high. Through a little research of fun activities that David could enjoy, we found that the Laurel and Hardy Museum we just a short jaunt from granddad’s town! Oh the squeals and grins! You would have thought we were at Disney World. Although the museum is a tiny 2 room building, it had a ton of memorabilia! With the many photo ops, miniature store, and movie viewing, we got a very satisfying fill of Laurel and Hardy.
Traveling with a handicapped person in a wheelchair is challenging. But doing a little research ahead of time can ease the stress and make for a much more enjoyable trip for everyone. If the activities can be seasoned with laughter, that’s even better!
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May your life be filled with grace and laughter!