My name is Harper Grace. I’m pretty special because I am my Pop Pop’s favorite “Little Missy”. That is what he calls me. I’m his first granddaughter, so that makes me a lot more special to him and my Nawnie.
I was born on January 13. I am not a year old yet, but I’m busy crawling and learning to walk. When I found out how my arms worked, my mom showed me how to wave when we saw people or we were leaving. My Pop Pop thought it was really neat to see me wave. I think this because my Pop Pop waves at me a lot. When I’m playing with my toys and he is watching me, he will sit and wave at me. I smile at him and wave back. When I am sitting down to eat my ‘bites’, my Pop Pop will wave at me then, too. I smile and wave back. My Pop Pop is funny that way. I don’t understand much of what makes my Pop Pop wave, but I’ll keep waving back because it makes him smile when I do. I’m not sure why yet, but my mom wants me to know something that will help me understand when I get older.
About seven years before I was born, some doctors told my Pop Pop that he had Parkinson’s Disease. What that means is that he has tremors in his hands and legs. He sometimes walks very slowly, which is o.k. with me because I’m a fast crawler, but not super fast and he can still keep up with me. He also has balance problems that make it hard on some days for him to hold me because he is afraid that we will both fall. Some days are hard because he can hardly move. Some days he can move like anybody else. Even if I think it’s funny that I’m trying to crawl away, he will still come get me because he doesn’t want me to get into trouble. I don’t know what trouble is yet, or how I can get into it, but I have a feeling I will find out soon enough.
My Pop Pop’s waves are not really waves, they are his hands shaking that look like he is waving. It doesn’t happen all the time because the pills he takes help him not to shake. On some days when the pills don’t work he waves at me a lot more and that is o.k. with me because I love to wave at my Pop Pop any chance I get.
My mom says that Pop Pop works hard to try to help people find a way to make him and many more people around the world to stop “waving” so much. He tells mom that when he waves a lot that it gets tiring and frustrating. When I get older and can walk and talk, I’m going to help him find people who will help too. Then it will be o.k. that he doesn’t wave as much, because when I was born I think I heard him say (my cousin Landon says that he told him the same thing) “You can have anything you want”. One thing I want for sure is for this thing called Parkinson’s Disease to not be around anymore and that my Pop Pop will be all well again.
P.S. Please pray for my Pop Pop and all the other people who live with Parkinson’s Disease.