Families with special needs children are riding along a bumpy road. We reach for the GPS because we often feel quite lost. It’s just that..we’re not so sure of our destination or whether to take the “fastest route” or the “shortest route” just please don't take us in those weird little circles.
Personally, I’d like to avoid too many twist and turns. Little voice coming down from the heavens, I want to “avoid dirt roads” - this ride is messy enough. Please “avoid toll roads.” Toll roads are just too taxing….
Is that a lot to expect from a GPS? Surely there’s a Special app for that…
We often feel like we’re are traveling alone - that’s why we pick up strangers along the way.
Meet Jackson Gillman.
Also known as the Stand-Up Chameleon!
This was music therapy at its storytelling best. What a wonderful human being. I'm so glad we crossed paths.
Complete strangers put air in our tires. Gas us up, so to speak. Anne Lamott says "laughter is carbonated holiness" and I would agree:)
This road is hard, but it makes us soft.
The view from this windshield makes us look at life a little differently.
We are forced to slow down, speed up, miss a few exits.
I could flood a road with my tears when I think about the things Aidan misses.
Sports, school, birthday parties, a voice. A normal meal. Playgrounds.Walking across a room.
But the emergency vehicles arrive just in time.
They repair the damage caused by grief.
The Life Support Team.
You know who you are.
We roll on...
A lesson is learned with each lap around this track.
Like the race car driver attacking the complexities of the turns.
It's about focus and occasionally requires lightning speed reflexes to stay upright and clarity on how to make wise decisions.
If you do too..give yourselves a round of applause!
This metal of Endurability...
Amen, and so it is.