My son is not a fearless risk taker the way other children his age seem to be. Oliver is very cautious, always has been. It may stem from his perinatal stroke...his lack of confidence in his body's ability to do what he asks it to do. Or maybe it is just his personality and he would have been this way anyway. I will never know. In some ways I am thankful he has this trait. I really never have to worry about him doing something crazy and getting hurt. But I sometimes worry that it will hinder him, that he will be too scared to try anything his whole life and miss out.
A week ago we went on our first family vacation. My mom and stepdad took us to Florida for a week. We stayed in a vacation house in central Florida and used it as our base for several planned trips around the state. We went to SeaWorld, because Oliver is obsessed with sharks and stingrays. We went to Bok Tower, because it was on my bucket list. We went to Busch Gardens, because roller coasters. We wanted to show Oliver the ocean, so we went to the beach on the Atlantic side, then decided to also go to a beach on the Gulf of Mexico. We packed a lot into one week, including Oliver's first airplane ride. Every single day that we were there, my son did something brave. Every single day of our vacation, Oliver stepped outside his comfort zone and surprised us. With all the amazing things we saw and did, those small actions were without doubt the best part of our vacation.
Cassandra Zingaro - photographer, mom, wife, owner of HeartStrings Photography and first time blogger