Walk a mile in her shoes…

Where are you going, Gracie?!

How ironic it is that we wheel Gracie around everywhere we go in public. I say this because about a month ago she has started up a new self-stimulatory behavior:  pacing.

I captured a photo of her walking (see above), but must apologize for the poor quality of the picture.  I attempted to take the  photo a half a dozen times while she was walking before settling on this one.

Gracie paces back and forth for hours down the hallway to the girls’ bedroom and back into the kitchen, through the kitchen, into the family room, through the family room, and all the way back to the hallway.  I think it drives my father and Kristine crazy.

Two weeks ago my parents had to watch Gracie while Kristine and I were at work.  Gracie was out of school due to her toe blisters and not feeling well.  She paced all day long at my parents house too.

She must be walking for miles, we thought.  So on the day I wrote this post, just before dinner, I’m watching her pace and I count the number of steps she’s taking.  On average, it was 20 steps at a clip of about 12 steps every 10 seconds.  She does this for 3-4 hours a day.  Gracie’s 5 feet tall, meaning she should cover a mile in about 2,514 steps.  I break out the calculator and determine she’s walking about 6 miles a day!  In our house!  

Crazy… I wonder what Gracie will start doing next.  Don’t know what it is, but I can guarantee she’ll think of something else to start in on.

About graciesautism

Father of Gracie, who is autistic, and her sister Gabrielle (who is a typical). Sharing our stories in Gracieland.
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