Sunday, May 8, 2011
Can We Do This Without The Hype?
This is where having kids with special needs comes in real handy because holidays always look a little "different" than a Norman Rockwell painting in our house: our 12 year old son is not the LEAST bit aware that today is any different than any other day and that's FINE by me. He treats me the same everyday: I get hugs with almond butter and jelly hands, he carries on elaborate-but-not-necessarily-easy-to-follow-conversations in sign language with me and he wants to watch Signing Time EVERYDAY. Today is no different and that's totally cool with me. My daughter's love language is gift-giving and she made me a precious card that said she really does love me. Ya, that was a kleenex moment because we've had a TOUGH week where all things in my mothering heart have been shaken to the core, so I needed that from her and I DO appreciate it with all my heart.
We're choosing to NOT go to church today on this overly-hyped American greeting-card holiday because this morning has been GOOD. Our Aspie has been on HIGH alert ALL morning and enthusiastically brought me breakfast in bed (see photo), and made me a card before she came out of her bedroom this morning. To herd everyone to church would most definitely be opening the floodgates of chaos and confusion for someone who's already given everything she can today. I don't need Hallmark or a minister to validate my efforts today, I just need to remember to stay the course. God didn't make a mistake when He put us together and we're on the journey together, no matter where it takes us.