” And the children who bring him the most comfort are those he barely knows, at least outside of this center…With these peers, he does not have to explain. He gets no curious stares. They are, for the time being, his peeps.”
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This is such a beautiful post by a woman with deep wells of the soul as both a wife and a mother. I can relate to her experiences on several levels, though not (thus far) in the Cancer domain.
The quote above reminded me of how amazing it was to see my kids years ago interacting with other kids at a Siblings of Special Needs Kids Weekend retreat. I had Never seen my kids before bond so quickly with complete strangers. The shared “Sibling” experience was also something that goes beyond words. There is an instant camaraderie with others who instinctively “get it”…and none of us needs to explain our background for validation.
This is similar to my own experiences in interfacing with other parents of Special Needs kids. We live in a world that regular families rarely intersect, except during events like the random ER visits a “regular” kid may need from horsing around. The endless waiting, confusion, helplessness, hopefulness, fear, determination, bravado, relief, and exhaustion are constant companions in our lives…not occasional nuisances during “normal” kid mishaps. Having to weigh medical & therapeutic & educational “expert” opinions against your own deep well of experience and hard won knowledge of your unique child’s makeup and then attempting to synthesize these disparate themes into a cohesive whole is a lifelong song and dance.
I’m so thankful that authors, like the woman above, have been willing to bare their souls to share their profound journeys of life, love, loss, healing, endurance, and faith to move, inspire, and challenge us to also “take up our cross” with grace.
I posted this comment on the above author’s posting too…
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Thank you so much for sharing beautifully from your heart and the depths of your soul. Your words inspired a post on my blog here
Blessings, Grace, Peace, & Joy (even in the midst of sorrows) to you and your precious family,