Accessible Journeys magazine Winter 2022 - Page 32

PARENTS SHARE . . . LEANING INTO LIFE

Niki and Jimmy — leaning into life

Niki is single mum to Jimmy , who is blind and has physical and mental disabilities . She shares their story to tell others that they don ’ t need to miss out on having a unique and fun life . They live on the Sunshine Coast , Queensland , Australia and can be found at nikiandjimmy . com
What does travel , even it ’ s a trip to the beach , mean to you and Jimmy ?
It means the world to us . I get to experience everything I would like to do and bring Jimmy along so he can enjoy life just as much . The thought of leaving him in care while I ’ m away enjoying all that life has to offer doesn ’ t feel right . Just because he cannot see the things I do , why should he not experience them ? He feels so much more than you or me , so I know when he gets to join in the fun , he is living his dream . How do I know this ? Because of the laughter and smiles that radiate from him every single day . Even when I ’ ve taken time out on little trips for myself , there is always a part of me that wonders if he wishes he was there too .
What are two of the most memorable trips you ’ ve taken with him ?
1 . Hawaii , not only because it is a place I ’ ve always wanted to visit . Taking Jimmy with me was extra special ; everyone was willing to include him
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