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Wearing prosthetics for fun

It isn’t every day when you ask your child to grab a sword and put on her hook arm… But this past weekend was that kind of opportunity.

Arg!! There was a pirate invasion on Saturday in Damariscotta, Maine – just 45 minutes away from where we are staying for our vacation. It was just too perfect to wear the cool monkey bar hook as a pirate hook. I had sort of considered bringing it, but Randy was determined to see if Jordan would be willing to wear it. Surprisingly, he brought it up to her and she was totally cool with the idea. Jordan didn’t just fit in with the crowd, she was adorable.

Randy heard a number of times when people would walk by her and ooh and ahh about how cute the little girl with the purple hook looked. But since this was a pirate event, no one questioned the reason why Jordan would have such a realistic and cute hook. How fun is that? The only time we had to explain how it was really a real hook was when the two kids got to be a part of a swearing-in process to agree to the pirate code. And since we were talking to a pirate, Jordan was just given extra cool points.

The cute wouldn’t stop there. Jordan decided she wanted to get her face painted… and since she wouldn’t want scars or something gross, she picked a cat face.

All in all, it was a super fun day. Jordan got to dress the part more than most kids. She had a great time. We all did! She ended up taking her hook off near the end of our time at the pirate invasion since there was a bounce house. I told her I didn’t think it would be nice to bounce into kids with a hook… It was a pirate danger that we could avoid.


  1. Kate, aka guavalicious on June 13, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Cat pirate! She is so adorable!

  2. christa on June 13, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    How fun! I’m glad Jordan had a good time showing off her hook!

  3. Trisha Whitehead on June 16, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    That’s so awesome! 🙂

  4. Chris on June 20, 2011 at 8:07 am

    This kind of reminds me of when I was a child & used to wear an articicial arm. In those days, the arms were made of wood & quite heavy. The thumb could be lifted via a spring with a view to being able to grip something, but I never really used that facility very much after trying to use it to grip a fork at school dinner time & being told off for taking too long over my meal! However, I did find another use for the thumb after discovering that when I opened it and let it spring back quickly it made a noise – and that, by using it as a gun and pretending to shoot other children with it, I could deflect attention from the usual questioning about my disability!

  5. Kate on June 29, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Jordan the pirate is too cute. Funny she fits in as a pirate–me too! I have a misaligned eye and wore a patch for years.

    • Jen Lee Reeves on July 4, 2011 at 8:46 am

      @Kate – I think it’s cool to find events where we can “fit in.” It really was nice to be in a strange place and we didn’t have a single question or strange look.

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