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Ziim and I  were at mass yesterday. Now that is not new, we go every Sunday.

But yesterday, we attended the 11 am mass. Now that is new. It is a mass we hardly attend, I am not quite sure we have ever attended it. Usually we attend the 6 am mass.

But in my attempt to make the parishioners know or at least see Ziim in her “extra-ordinariness”, I try to attend other masses. We have not attended the 11 am mass because it is usually longer than the rest. Yesterday I  decided for us to attend it.

March is CP awareness month, so I thought I should start the awareness from my constituency, my parish, not necessarily by carrying banners and distributing handbills.  I decided to let people who may not have seen Ziim see her and probably look, stare and hopefully ask questions.

Sometimes I am amazed at how simple prayers get immediate answer. Parking was a bit difficult for the traffic wardens on duty at this mass do not know us, thus I had to put up an argument before I was allowed to park in our usual spot. You needed to have seen the looks from people as I brought Ziim’s wheelchair, settled her and started wheeling her into the church. One woman looked so much that she almost tripped.

Now my reward and the answered prayer; as we settled in our usual seat, this young man came and sat besides us with a child, hello madam, he started, I have never seen you and your child before. Can I ask you about her. Please do, now I was beaming with smiles. Was she born like this?  Well, sort of, she has a condition called Cerebral Palsy.

The bell went, the priest was about to come in. Can I give you something you can read about the condition? Yes. he said, that will be fine, actually, we attended the last mass, I was leaving when I saw you and decided to come back and talk to you.

Fine. I gave him a copy of CpCenter brochure and newsletter.

Can I take a picture of you with my daughter? Yes. You don’t mind I’ll use it on my blog? It’s okay. Out my phone and click. Thank you!

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Ziim will be nine in June, she has Cerebral Palsy, is there anything about her or the condition you would like to know. Ask…

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