If you don't know me, I am Jennifer Przeracki, Matthew's mom. He is almost five years old and is a rambunctious little boy, to say the least. For awhile now, I have wanted to suggest a "play date" for our kids (no age limits, or we can do it for different age groups, depending on the interest). I know that I have learned a lot from other children and adults with spina bifida, and I have gained an infinite amount of wisdom, not to mention much-needed support from those parents who have older kids that have gone through what our son has. I have met people through COSBA that I know will be lifelong friends, and Matthew has as well. However, due to our busy schedules (not to mention the numerous trips to Children's), we don't get together enough for us to really get to know one another. I would like to remedy that.
So, I would love it if we could get together for something like an afternoon at the Columbus Zoo, an afternoon at a handicapped-accessible park, the Westerville Athletic Center pool/indoor playground, or something along those lines. Suggestions are welcome! I know we all live in different areas (I am out in rural Knox County), so I know what it is like to be away from the action, but I think we can meet somewhere centrally located to accommodate as many people as possible. And, I am trying to do this as informally as possible, so we can just show up somewhere, have fun, and maybe add a new friend to the mix. No pressure here whatsoever:)
Please email me back at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. I think it is great for our kids to get together and get to know each other and hopefully become friends for life. Once I see who responds, we can go from there and get something set up. If you can't make it for one play date, maybe you can make the next one.
I hope this email finds you and your family in good health and cheer.