Party animal

by Jen Lee Reeves on February 1, 2010 · 2 comments

in 2010, Uncategorized

Sure Jordan is a little young to party all the time… but she did get a chance to go to two different birthday parties over the weekend. She had a blast… But in one of the parties I watched a little girl staring at Jordan and clearly wanted to reach out and touch her arm without permission. I guess I just happened to look over at her and she had this look like she was in trouble… Her mom must have caught the interaction because she went over to her daughter and started whispering to her. I felt the need to interrupt and introduce her to Jordan (they had never met before). We talked about how Jordan was born with one hand and she can do everything she wants to do. Jordan just nodded her head. We talked about her helper arm and Jordan actually added in the conversation about her bike hand and how it helps her ride a bike. (I was so thrilled she joined in on the conversation)

So there was just one little thing that made me think that maybe I shouldn’t have interrupted the whispering mom and daughter. Every time I said something to explain what’s going on with Jordan the mom would interrupt me by saying, “That’s what I told her.” I wasn’t sure if it was to tell me how I should leave the conversation… so I just kept talking.

I’ve recently noticed Jordan taking a stand in public areas and asking people not to touch her arm. If it’s a child I know I’ll ask him or her to be sure to ask permission before touching Jordan. When a child asks, Jordan usually says no. And she has every right to say no. I can only imagine how annoying that can be for her.

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Jeff A. February 1, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Good tips *as usual* thank you! Thinking about it, it probably would be weird having someone ask you if they can touch you. I think her choosing to say no is a very good thing :) We’ll keep an ‘asking Sophie’ rule in mind as Sophie gets older.

dru February 1, 2010 at 8:00 pm

when i was pregnant, i hated that. people-total strangers-seemed to feel it was ok to invade my personal space, and worse yet, lay a hand on my belly.
now i am not a persnickety-type person, but everyone has a right to their own little patch of air. go, jordan!

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