As we pulled out of the driveway headed toward swim practice on Thursday morning, Sarah Kate said to me, “You’re a very special mom because you have two kids with disabilities.” I was somewhat taken aback, because although I’ve heard similar sentiments from adults before (see: the always maddening “God gives special children to special people“), I’ve never heard it from a child, must less my own.
I asked her why she said what she did, to which she answered, “God made Nathan and I to be special, and he made you special to be our mom. Nathan and I aren’t JUST kids with disabilities, we’re kids with disabilities who will make a difference in the world.”
I was stunned.
I don’t know if God gave Sarah Kate those words to speak to me, if Sarah Kate’s newfound wisdom is the result of something Mr. Andi and I have done, or if something else altogether prompted her to say what she did. What I do know is that, behind my giant tortoise-shell sunglasses, I wept. And I know, deep down in my heart, that she is right.
I began this blog with no plan. I’m not even completely sure why I chose to make it public, but I did, and while my readership is still small in blogosphere terms, it has grown far beyond anything I ever imagined. I’ve corresponded with people from all over the country (and a few people outside of it) – people who want to discuss, debate, vent, or ask questions. My inbox is ALWAYS open to anyone who has something to say or ask.
I don’t know what’s in store for us as we navigate the typical world with our special needs mantle, but I’m more resolved now than I have ever been to continue on, because I believe with all my heart that Sarah Kate was right – she and Nathan will make a difference.
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If you feel strongly about the r-word, inclusion, prenatal testing, or any other subject covered here, I encourage you to speak up! People will not always be willing to listen; many will reject your words due to their indifference, lack of understanding, or even hatred. Some days the obstacles to greater understanding may seem insurmountable. But we must speak up, because if we allow voices of ignorance and hatred to dominate the conversation, then they become the only voices that the rest of the world hears – the voices that the world will follow.