A Most Beautiful Butterfly

It’s always hard, as Halloween rolls around, to figure out how to include Abbie in a way she will enjoy.  She loves dressing up, and can’t get enough of sparkles, ribbons and rhinestones.  Sitting in a wheelchair, however, does not lend itself to the ornate costumes I know she would adore.

The solution?

Make the wheelchair part of the costume — or at least the podium for it.  This year we went with a butterfly theme, and made her new wheelchair into what looked like a float.  We braved the crowds at Kahala Mall, just to allow her to hear “Wow!  She is so beautiful” over and over again.  Soooo worth it!

Abbie with Steven, a young man with Cerebral Palsy. He calls Abbie "Baby Girl", and was quite surprised by how she had transformed. Behind them are Genevieve and Steven's caregiver, Conrad. They all see each other almost every evening at the mall.

In a way, I think that for one special night, what is on the inside of Abbie was glowingly, brilliantly apparent to everyone.  Truly, a most beautiful butterfly.


4 thoughts on “A Most Beautiful Butterfly

  1. I’m totally fahrklempt. What a beuatiful idea on so many levels. Abbie is blessed tohave such loving parents who see the butterfly in her and who are working so tirelessly to help her in her process so that she can fly free. God bless all of you. You are always in my thoughts and prayers. Happy Thanksgiving. Don’t forget, you have a friend in me…on call any time to help in any way. Don’t hesitate to call if you need me.

  2. I am always blessed when I read your updates. May the grace of God continue to be with Abby…she is awsome!

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