I’m about to say something I try not to say: My life is harder than yours.
My life is harder, unless you are also the parent to a severely disabled (adorable, bouncy, dimpled) toddler like my May. Or, have some other kind of challenge in your life equal to it.
Here are five ways my life is tougher than yours:
1. Our morning routine: I give May medication. I dress her. I brush her hair and teeth. I spoon food into her mouth. I pack her bag. I put on her coat. I carry her from the bedroom to the kitchen. From the kitchen to the living room. From the living room down a flight of stairs, across my yard and into the car. She can not hold on to me. She can’t help at all, with anything.
2. If the car is parked down the road – thank you to my local government for keeping us waiting, now over a year, for a disabled space outside of our house – I carry her down the road. I have arms like Arnold Swazzenger. (I would prefer arms like the First Lady, but we mamas can’t have everything.)
3. It takes May an hour to eat dinner. That’s just the chewing bit. (It takes my baby 15 minutes.)
4. I have to sing the entire time we are in the grocery store, or screaming happens. (Not so bad for me, but the other customers probably get sick of the ABCs x200.) Midway I have to carry her and shop, or screaming happens. That last carton of milk, on the bottom row? Not easy. I have thighs of steel. (I wish.)
5. May will need us to change her diapers for the rest of her life. (Whoa! Even I don’t want to contemplate that!)
I’m not looking for pity. Please none of that nonsense. I actually feel lucky – which may sound bizarre in light of this post – but I do, because I am happy. My daughter is happy. And, we are in love. What’s better than that? Nothing.
Okay, now – put aside me. You don’t know me. But, what about your neighbor – the one you see wheeling her kid around the subdivision? Or, the mother who drops off her autistic little boy into the class adjacent to your son’s each morning? The one who you always wanted to say a kind word to, or help out a bit and never really knew how?
How do you help, or show you appreciate them?
Ellen Seidman of Love that Max, has come up with a great idea. This Mother’s Day pay it forward. Slip a gift certificate into their child’s school bag. Place a bouquet of flowers on their doorstep. Or, simply a card in their post box. It can be anonymous if you want, but don’t forget to say something in appreciation.
You can start by sharing this post – pay it forward and even more mothers of special needs kids will be in receipt of some major positivity this Sunday.
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If you like the flowers featured in the photo above, go to Ellen’s pay-it-forward post for a chance to win them!
You can read more from Stacie at Mama Lewis and the Amazing Adventures of the Half-Brained Baby.
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