Of Lions and Lambs

11 03 2015

March is a month of emotional highs and lows for me.

My mother, who is strong and healthy and happy and funny, celebrated her eighty-fifth birthday yesterday.

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My sweet daughter would have been twenty-five on the first, but she’s been gone for almost five years.

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To honor my Jessica, I am sharing this (just ignore the commercial lead-in) video of another child with challenges she does not deserve to have (Jessica was autistic) and let you in on some lessons I am so fortunate to have learned from the experience of mothering one of these special children.

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2015/03/chicago-blackhawks-duncan-keith-cammy-cute-video

The lessons are:

  1. Special needs kids get to do some awesome things “regular” kids don’t, but never forget all the things our special kids will NEVER be able to do, and don’t ever begrudge them a single gleeful moment.
  2. Special needs kids are capable of great joy, so never assume that “they don’t understand,” or that their feelings can’t be hurt. Every kid deserves our attention, respect, and kindness. Don’t dismiss any of them as “less than.”
  3. There are a lot of really great people in the world. Some of them are professional athletes; some are doctors; and many are the folks who work at the grocery store, live next door, or drive the trash truck.

Be nice to everyone.

Chances are most of us deserve it and, without a doubt,

ALL of us need it.

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11 03 2015
Moser, Pamela

What a beautiful pic of Jess!

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11 03 2015
scorchedeyebrowstudio

Thank you, Pam. She was a wonder.

11 03 2015
MARIA ETTEL

I CAN’T REMEMBER WHEN I LAUGHED OUT LOUD AND WEPT AT THE SAME TIME! THERE ARE SUPER FOLKS WHO “GET IT” AND GIVE “IT”. THIS WORLD NEEDS MANY MORE OF THEM.
I COULD ONLY GUESS AT THE CHALLENGES ALL OF YOU MET AND SCALED WITH LOVE.
I TREASURE THE PHOTO OF MILLIE MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY AND NOW I HAVE JESSIE’S DEAR SMILE TO WARM MY DAYS.
THANK YOU SO MUCH.
LOVE FROM Y HEART–MARIA XO XO XO XO

11 03 2015
scorchedeyebrowstudio

Thank you, Dear Maria, for keeping my family in your heart. You surely are always in mine.

11 03 2015
Elaine Haag

Paula,
That is a testament to what our world needs more than ever right now, plain old niceness. It is good for the soul and good for the heart and you, my friend are niceness in my world.

11 03 2015
scorchedeyebrowstudio

Thank you, Elaine. You return the favor to me.

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