WISHES GRANTED: Sean Lambert of Milford had just played Thomas Jefferson in his third-grade school play last spring when his mother asked what his one wish in the world would be. He replied that he wanted to leave flowers at the graves of past presidents “because they’ve done a lot for us.’’
The Florida-based Kids Wish Network recently made the wish come true for Sean, who has hypotonia, a disorder that causes low muscle tone and loss of strength, and kyphosis, or curvature of the spine, and requires a wheelchair for traveling long distances.
Sean’s mother, Kristina Lambert, said the one-week road trip to Washington, D.C., surpassed her 10-year-old’s expectations. Sean was given the unusual opportunity to place roses directly on the tombs and graves of John F. Kennedy and William Howard Taft at Arlington National Cemetery; Woodrow Wilson at the Washington National Cathedral; George Washington at his estate in Mount Vernon, Va.; and Thomas Jefferson at Monticello in Charlottesville, Va.
They also had private tours of the National Zoo, US Capitol, Washington Monument, and Arlington National Cemetery, where Kristina Lambert said the Los Angeles Police Department Honor Guard was paying respects to a comrade who was killed in Afghanistan. Sean handed one of the officers a rose for the man’s grave, and in return, he gave Sean an official honor guard coin.
“He knelt down and said, ‘You showed respect and honor to my family; now you’re part of our family.’ It was an amazing moment,’’ recalled Lambert, who accompanied Sean with her husband, Dennis, and their younger son, 7-year-old Dennis. “We felt very fortunate that Sean was healthy enough to go on the trip, and it was even nicer to be able to do it as a family.’’
In addition to visiting the graves, Sean said he enjoyed going on his hotel balcony, making his own slush at a restaurant, and receiving special treatment everywhere he went.
“I was happy because I got to do so many things and really had fun,’’ he said.