I read a post today by a fellow special needs Mom that brought me to tears. Sometimes life with a couple of stimmers can leave me feeling like I live in a parallel universe to all the Moms out there with typical kids. Those Moms try to understand. They give everything they’ve got to be supportive. But they don’t always get it. They don’t know what it’s like to wait ELEVEN YEARS for your child to be invited to a birthday party. They don’t know what it’s like to have people (who you consider to be your dearest of friends) fail to invite you to parties for their children who are the same age as yours. They don’t know what it’s like to get your entire family ready for a dinner party, only to turn back home as you reach your destination because you child is over-stimulated. They don’t know what it’s like to have their typical kids cry over the fact that they “just wish they could have a normal brother or sister”. They don’t know what it’s like to listen to other Moms brag about milestones while they slowly fall to pieces inside knowing that those bragging rights may never be their own. They just don’t know what it’s like in that parallel universe.
But… that universe is not
always such a bad place to be. It’s filled with other Moms who do get it. Other Moms who encourage one another from a place of total understanding. While other Moms may sympathize, the Moms living in the special needs world can empathize. They build each other up. They’ve got your back. And… they see you. Click here to read Ellen Stumbo’s blog.