Limb Difference Ryan Gosling – For the Smiles

by Jen Lee Reeves on February 15, 2012 · 12 comments

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I love laughter when it comes to any situation in life. No matter how tough it is, if you can’t stay positive, what is the use? I try to stay positive as often as I can… and when I feel down, I seek out opportunities to smile. That’s why Jordan has owned a “Dude, Where’s my arm?” shirt since she was two years old.

I am naturally inclined to build online friendships with other special needs moms who clearly have a sense of humor. One of those moms is Sunday Stilwell who writes at Adventures in Extreme Parenthood. I met her through Instagram. I know, that seems strange saying I met someone through a photo sharing app on my iPhone. But it’s true. You can learn a lot about a person through the pictures they share. Sunday is funny. She tries to be positive when days are tough. And they can be tough. Both of her boys are on the severe side of the autism spectrum. The efforts she takes to make sure they are safe and growing is exactly what a special needs mom would do. Earlier this month, she was having a tough day and needed a smile. So she took the Ryan Gosling meme (my current favorite is NPR Hey Girl) and made a Ryan Gosling Special Needs meme. What’s so great is I had been talking to friends about how I wanted to start a Hey Girl Limb Difference meme. So in honor of Sunday, here are a few I created that make me smile.

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Since we’re having so much fun, have you watched my YouTube project? All you need to do is grab a camera and share your thoughts about technology and the special needs world.

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Sunday Stilwell February 15, 2012 at 8:44 am

Those were so awesome, Jen! I’m so glad you made your own. Also, your daughter’s shirt? Freaking hilarious!!

Jen Lee Reeves February 15, 2012 at 8:48 am

That shirt is the greatest. I use is as a friendship gauge. If you can’t laugh at the shirt, you can’t be my friend.

Sunday Stilwell February 15, 2012 at 8:51 am

I just sent your post about the shirt to a friend of mine on Facebook who also has a daughter who is differently limbed. I know she will love it!

this side of typical February 15, 2012 at 8:59 am

This post–and that SHIRT are so full of win.

I think you and i would be friends. When people stare at my kid having a meltdown in public? I wave at them. Like a Forrest Gump seeing Lt. Dan wave.

Jen Lee Reeves February 15, 2012 at 9:32 am

Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

Jen Lee Reeves February 15, 2012 at 10:03 am

LOVE IT!!! Waving is perfect. It’s SO much easier than getting mad.

Christian Bryant February 15, 2012 at 10:22 am

Helper arm matching the earrings? YES! I love it.

Jen Lee Reeves February 15, 2012 at 11:12 am

@Christian – that’s how we roll in my household!

debi9kids February 15, 2012 at 11:46 am

These are fantastic!
Saw a post about your blog on Sunday’s fb and glad I did. Always nice to meet other special needs moms (3 of my boys are differently abled, my youngest being severely autistic).
It’s great to look at our lives through humor, necessary actually :)

Bess, Mom of Oliver February 15, 2012 at 1:31 pm

I so loved this post!! I also visited the Extreme Parenting blog and was blown away as well. What strong Mamas and Papas we have out there for our awesome kids! And, debi9kids, I LOVE the “differently abled” descriptor. Perfect!

Sarah February 15, 2012 at 4:21 pm

I’m a big fan of Ryan Gosling Memes (have you checked out the Mass Comm Theory one yet?) but the shirt takes the cake!

Jen Lee Reeves February 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm

The mass comm theme Hey Girls are so great!

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