Blaze had asked about going to the beach as I was putting him to bed Friday night and I had said that we could since we had no other plans for Saturday, but when we woke up yesterday morning it was rainy and gray. Blaze was very understanding about not going if it was not going to be nice weather. As soon as it stopped raining, he went out to play on his Big Wheel. He hadn't been out there long when I heard mocking children's voices. A group of boys about his size surrounded the big wheel. They were asking him math questions and laughing at him when he didn't know the answers (this is not the first time they've done this). I guess, they had also pushed Blaze off of the Big Wheel at one point and a man from the next building had yelled at them.
It was at that point that I decided that even if it was still overcast we needed a fun outing. Blaze probably thought I was being terribly wishy-washy as I sent him into the apartment to get ready to go. I stayed outside after sending him in so I could "talk" to the boys. I asked them if that made them feel bigger and smarter to tease someone else about what they didn't know. I ended up telling them about Blaze's Cerebral Palsy, explaining what it meant, and about the seizures. I hope they don't use any of that against him in the future. I just wanted them to know why I think he's doing very well with what he's been given.
Poor Blaze still wants to be friends with these boys, even though they treat him so horribly, because they are the only boys around who are his age.
So, we went to St. Augustine yesterday afternoon. All day Blaze kept asking me if I liked him and I had to keep reassuring him that I did.
We had a good time once we got to St.Augustine, but we never made it to the beach, because it kept sprinkling off and on.
We found a really cool playground and toured the oldest wooden school house in the country.
Ringing the bell for school to start:
The teacher's kitchen in a small building behind the school:
Making a Wish (he says he wished for an airplane):
Standing on an old millstone to look at a waterwheel:
There is so much to see in St. Augustine, but we got there so late in the day and it gets dark so early now, that there wasn't much time for us to look. We wandered through some of the shops on St George Street, which is the historic part of town, shut off from cars. We had a late lunch/early dinner at The Bunnery bakery and then went back to the playground for a while, before heading home.
Blaze had a lot of fun with this pile of leaves he found at the playground (having pile of dried leaves that is this big is kind of a rarity here in Florida).