My Autistic Brain Tumor Survivor

Bethany Goes to The Pumpkin Patch

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(This post was originally published on 10/12/12 and contains affiliate links.)

It was a warm, gorgeous, sunny day and my husband, Malcolm had the day off.

Bethany was in a happy mood, so we decided to risk disaster and drive an hour through the colorful countryside and some quaint little villages to pay a visit to the pumpkin patch and corn maze.

I really wanted Bethany to be able to pick out her own pumpkin to decorate with paint or stickers, not a sharp knife. (The problem with a sharp knife)

Jeremiah hadn’t been to the corn maze since he was about eighteen months old.

The last time that he went,  it had rained the night before and the maze was so muddy that by the time we had made our way through it he looked like a tiny, little mud wrestler!

He sure was a mess, but he sure did have a ton of fun!

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We knew Bethany would never be able to or even want to walk through the whole maze and since it wasn’t wheelchair accessible we decided that Daddy would take Jerry through the maze and I would push Beth around the petting zoo and help her pick out a pumpkin.

After visiting the animals a very kind woman saw that I was having a bit of trouble pushing her wheelchair up the hill to the pumpkin patch and offered to help.

I happily took her up on her offer.

Trying to push Beth up the hill was really killing my bad back.

That woman was truly a blessing!

The plan was that if Bethany had a seizure, grew fatigued or cranky I would take her back to the car and wait for Jerry and Daddy there.

Great fool proof plan-right?

Wrong…

Because Malcolm forgot to give me the car keys before they went in the maze!!!

Can you guess what happened next??

Once Beth and I got to the pumpkin patch she decided she wanted to go to the car.

No matter how many times I told her that I didn’t have the key and that we had to wait for Daddy to come back, she did not seem to understand that I could not get her into the car without the key .

She kept repeating over and over, “I wanna go to da car, I wanna go to da car”!

At that point, I could not even get her interested in picking out a pumpkin.

She had only one thing on her mind and that was to get herself into the car.

Finally, I was so desperate and near panicking, that I decided to push Bethany across the highway to the corn maze, hoping that we would make it across before a speeding car smooshed us!

Thankfully,  we made it safely to the other side where I actually started yelling for Daddy!

Luckily there weren’t a lot of people there that day because I probably looked like a crazy woman, but at that point, I really didn’t care.

You quit worrying about how you look to others when you have a kid like Bethany!

It didn’t take very long or too many shouts before Malcolm and Jeremiah found their way out of the maze and Beth was able to get into her beloved car!

Jeremiah even won a free candy stick for making it through all the checkpoints in the maze.

I’m really glad that he was able of have a little bit of fun!

On the way home we drove through an art and sculpture park and drove by a pretty little pond where two swans were gliding around on the water.

There were also what seemed be a couple of hundred geese gathered together there getting ready to begin their flight down south for the winter.

It was in this town that we purchased some Indian take out food for dinner!

Although the day was not without a glitch or two, it was still a fun and successful day out together as a family!

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Plugging her ears while I was yelling for Daddy!!

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7 Comments

  1. Big Daddy!

    There were plenty of keys….just both sets were in my pocket. Hay it was part of the plan, but maligning sure the chair was all locked together before Beth sat down. And getting her desired leg angle right….via little communication, took up all 4 remaining brain cells this old papa has left.

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  2. Paula

    Thank you so much for sharing your daughter’s story and linking up with the Day of the Girl blog hop! Words cannot describe how much I feel for you.

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    1. mommasylvia (Post author)

      Thank you! I appreciate your concern!

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  3. Phyllis at All Things Beautiful

    After all this time I have been following your family, I had no idea that Bethany was in a wheelchair! That does sound like a difficult day, but I am glad that your way of looking at things is cheerful!

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    1. Sylvia (Post author)

      Don’t worry, Phyllis! Bethany can walk! This happened 5 years ago. She needed a wheelchair on outings back then because she had so many seizures. We rarely use it now!

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