A few months ago we were at the library when a little girl came up, in a wheelchair and started playing with the train table. As expected, our kids stared, fascinated with the wheelchair, and no longer interested in the trains! On our way home there were lots of questions about why she was in the chair and what she can/cannot do. I really wanted them to understand that she was still a little girl, just like Maya, except she's in a special chair!
(Maya driving the wheelchair... and then it gets even better - hitching a ride with Opa!!)
The wheelchair that originally was intimidating is suddenly becoming "okay". I see it as one of the small positives in all of the negativeness that ALS brings. It is a wretched disease and as much as I despise the disease it makes me happy to look for positives, even small ones, from everything that has happened.