”For the parents who had to wait longer to hear a first word, who spent more time in doctor’s offices with their child than on play dates, who endure countless bad days and the stares from other people…For the parents whose child’s first friend was their therapist….”
A friend posted this and each of these items fit so accurately, but it made me want to add things like…..
…For the parents who learned early to lean on others, to accept the generosity and kindness of others,
For the parents who found out that there is no reason to try to do it all alone,
For the parents who know that whatever one does as a parent it will never feel like it is enough or correct, but is the best one can do at any given moment,
For the parents who know the value of an occupational therapist, a speech path, a physical therapist, an appointment scheduler,a PH ITINERANT TEACHER : ), a “play lady”, a Lekotek leader, a thoughtful caring teacher,a good-natured camp counselor, a kind peer, a pleasant stranger, a compassionate listener, a hand holder, a good hugger.
For the parents who are repeat offenders of DWW (Driving While Weeping) because they have found that the car was a place where nobody else would be affected by their tears.
For the parents who have learned and are willing to share the fact that discouragement might put you face down on a closet floor wondering if you will ever be able to stand up again, but that before you are needed to resume your role, you are not only off the floor, out of the closet and standing, but wearing a smile for when that yellow bus pulls up in front of the house.
For the parents who have experienced more love than they thought possible, more heartache than they ever hoped to know.
For the parents who have been witness to strength to surpass muscle men, perseverance beyond measure, gratitude that touches the heart, smiles that are brighter than sunshine and courage equal to any Purple Heart Hero.
For the parents who are my peers, my supporters, my encouragers, my mentors, my role models, my friends.
Cheers to you!