A lot of people complain that Valentine’s Day is a soulless corporate holiday, so I thought, what better day to share a little love with some businesses that have made my life a little easier or more fun.
My first thank you goes to Apple. Not only for creating the iPad and bringing AAC within our reach financially, but also for providing a replacement iPad free of charge after the screen on my son Max’s much-loved iPad cracked.
Speaking of AAC, many thanks also go Proloquo2go. It’s an easy to use and program app. Even including the cost of the iPad it was much more affordable than a dedicated AAC device. Max has autism, and before the iPad Max showed little to no interest in PCES. It’s been a real game changer in his life.
Thank you to Build-a-Bear Workshop for being awesome and giving my younger son Sam a fantastic fourth birthday last year.
Not exactly affordable, but Walt Disney World is my favorite place to go on vacation. The whole family loves it. Great rides that I can go on with both my boys. Heck, I think they would be happy riding on the buses, boats and trains at Disney all day without setting foot in a ride!
Add to that all the all the kindness and patience shown by the cast members, in particular the Photopass Photographers. No matter how busy they were, or how long the line, they took however long was needed to get a good picture of Max, not always an easy feat. I can’t even tell you how much that means to me.
They also offer special pass that cut down greatly on our wait time, making things so much easier for Max to handle.
I’m not sure when we will be able to get back to Disney World, but I know we will. Just call me a minion of the mouse!
On the other hand, I’m sure well will go to Paul Bunyan Land this summer. It’s a tiny local amusement park. I can’t go on most of the rides with the Max, but they are small enough and gentle enough to make that okay with the both of us. The staff there is amazing every time we go.
One day we happened to be there the same day as a group of adults with developmental disabilities. They were just as fantastic with them as they were with Max. It was wonderful to see.
Thanks to Gymboree Kid’s Clothing Store for selling clothes that actually fit my string bean. Also for having a tv with a little chairs to keep kids occupied while I shop.
I miss you, Gymboree Play & Music. There isn’t one near where I live now, but I loved bringing Max to classes when we lived near D.C. The staff were very helpful in getting Max into the right class for him, even if it meant putting him in in a class meant for younger children.
Last but not least, thank you to any retail store that has those extra big shopping carts for big kids to ride in.
That’s all I can think of for now…
Disclaimer: This post is in no way sponsored by any company anywhere, listed or unlisted. If anyone wants to mail me a check on the other hand, I wouldn’t turn it down.