A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of hanging out with a little girl that has captured all of our hearts here in YEG. Mable – AKA Spider Mable has been getting a ton of media attention lately after the amazing day that the Children’s Wish Foundation planned for her. It’s been a crazy ride for this little girl, inspiring so many people in this city. I was lucky enough to photograph her for the cover of Edmonton’s Child Magazine’s November/December issue.
I’m inspired by her too, but for other reasons. I think it’s easy for us to see this vibrant, beautiful child, but to forget the endless nights of hard times both her and her parents have had to endure. It can’t be easy, but nothing worthwhile is. She amazes me with her endless charm, joyful spirit and kickass attitude in the face of some extraordinarily hard times… times that would be hard for an adult let alone a child. And yet every day she makes a choice. Wake up. Kick some butt. Repeat.
As life goes on, I can see more and more that the hard times are blessings. We’re given them to inspire change, teach us something, help us grow. Or maybe our lesson is given to us to help someone else learn something.
I think the biggest lesson I took from meeting Mable, is that aside from all the hoopla of Spider Mable, she’s just a very sweet, happy little girl with an amazing family and support system, that now encompasses all of Edmonton and I’m sure a lot of Canada. We’re all rooting for you Mable.
Mask or not, you’re my hero. <3
Don’t forget to pick up the November/December issue of Edmonton’s Child Magazine.