Our Utah trip tested the fears of at least one of us. Together, we marveled at the vast landscape, the untouched earth, and as a pair, we found a home in the great outdoors. I'm sure it's a concept that resonates with many of us, but which is actually attained so rarely. It's what keeps us enjoying our beautiful country. But I still asked myself: Was it the place? Was it my daughter? Or was it me?
Arianna Tanghe is like most 14-year-old girls. She loves music, movies and spending time with her family and friends. She's the youngest sibling of two athletes and longed to experience the rush of crossing the finish line just like her brother and sister before her. There is just one complication. Arianna has cerebral palsy.
Believe me, I know how lousy it feels to be the parent who says no when so many of my daughter's friends have heard "yes." It stinks to stand there while your child explains in tears that she is going to be the social outcast without a smartphone. But being the "bad guy" is what we sometimes sign on for when we became a parent