We had a lot of fun yesterday at the Polar Plunge. This was the second year for Team TRBL (pictured above and below) jumping into Lake Calhoun, and we raised over $5,000 for Special Olympics. I was the token male on a team that included 18 teenage girls. We did an après-Plunge party at Davanni’s, where the young ladies enjoyed pizza and soda. The weather was warmer than last year, with no wind, but the lake water up here is still chilly. But it was all worth it, because Special Olympics is an awesome organization that gives kids like Timothy (who can enroll later this summer) an opportunity to participate and compete and meet other kids with disabilities. It’s already provided all of us with ways to volunteer and support people with disabilities. In all, over 5,000 people jumped at the plunge yesterday and raised almost a million dollars for Special Olympics.
Timothy is a few years from being a full participant at the Polar Plunge, but he’s already perfecting his dive. When we were at an indoor playground last weekend, there was a ball pit (that’s what we youthful parents call those bins full of germy plastic balls). Timo wanted to see it and so we sat him on the edge of the pit and he dove headfirst into the colorful sea below. He did it several times and had a blast. At home, he will often sit on my lap on our bed, facing me, and will dive to the side into a stack of pillows that I’ve set up. Just like at the playground, he gets a huge smile on his face. Recently, he was sitting on my lap in the living room and got the itch. With no advance warning, he just dove to the side (toward the awaiting hardwood floor), and I had to reach quickly to catch him. We just need to keep a closer eye on our little flying Wallenda.
Timothy has a nasty cough right now and snot bubbles and their dried equivalent are frequent visitors on his upper lip. We’re lucky that he’s stayed healthy during his first two winters on planet earth. We’re looking at putting him into a school, the Fraser School, for a few hours a week in the Fall. This would allow him to get him a change of scenery, some time with other kids and, importantly access to some services, like regular speech therapy, in addition to the good work that Jan and Joan (from the school district) do with him. Our pediatrician reminded us that, as long as he’s crawling and is in an oral phase -– he tends to put everything that should fit into his mouth and some things that shouldn’t – he’s likely to have colds more often than staying at home. But it’s just a trade off that we’ll make as TRBL emerges from his home cocoon.
As long as we monitor our fly boy’s new love of diving, we should all be fine.
Grateful but still chilly,