Friday, December 18, 2009

A Walk In Our Shoes...

Twas the Night Before Christmas
And all through the house
The creatures were stirring
Yes, even the mouse

We tried melatonin
And gave a hot bath
Asleep early for Christmas?
... an unlikely path

The children were finally
All nestled in bed
When visions of Christmas
Ran through my OWN head

Did I get the right gift?
The right color and style?
Would there be a blank stare
Or even, maybe, a smile?

Friends & family come
But they don't understand
The pleasure he gets
Just from bending his hands.

"Just make him stop it," some say
"Just tell him 'no',
You must learn to be tough ..."
On, and on they do go ...

We smile and nod
Because we know deep inside
The debate is moot
Let them all take a side

We know what it's like
To live with the spectrum
The struggles and triumphs
Achievements, regressions ... .

But what some don't know
And what some don't see
Is the joy that we feel
Over simplicity.

He said "Hello"!
He ate something green!
He looked me in my eyes
He did not cause a scene!

He peed on the potty!
Who cares if he's ten;
He stopped saying the same thing
Again and again!

Some others don't realize
Just how we can cope
How we bravely hang on
At the end of our rope

But what they don't see
Is the joy we can't hide
When our children with autism
Make the tiniest stride

We may look at others
Without the problems we face
With envy, with wonder,
Or even distaste.

What we want them to know
What's important to see
Is that children with autism
Bring simplicity.

We don't get excited
Over expensive things
We jump for joy
With the progress work brings

Children with autism
Try so hard every day
That they make us proud
More than words can say.

They work even harder
Than you or I
To achieve something small
To reach a star in the sky

So to those who don't get it
Or can't get a clue
Take a walk in our shoes
And I'll assure you ...

That even 10 mintues
Into the walk
You'll look at us all
With respect, even shock.

You will realize
What it is we go through
And the next time you see us
I can assure you

That you won't say a thing
You'll be quiet and learn,
Like the years I learned too
When the tables were turned.

Just wanted to share an awsome poem that I recieved. It's amazing to me how much it hit home for me.
May you all have a wonderful Christmas!!
Luv to you ALL....

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

OK, OK!! So I am being reemed (i dont know if thats how its spelled) for not blogging, so here it is LADIES!!! You know who you are!!! ;0)

I have to admit it has been a while since I wrote something, so I do apologize. The past month and a half have been pretty melow. Not too much happening.
Halloween was fun for Kanton. It took him some time to relax and be ok with it, but he finally came around.
Thanksgiving came and went WAY toooo fast!! But it was nice. Rob had to work Thanksgiving day, so we did our own little thing that night. It turned out GREAT, if I do say so myself.
Then on Friday, the next day, my family got together at my parents house and had a big shin-dig!! It was fun to spend time with my siblings. I see my brother every so often, but my sister that lives in Wyoming came, so it was great to be able to visit with all of them.
My sister that lives in Idaho was planning on coming, but sad to say she ended up with that yucky sickness that is going around!! So we missed the Georges dearly!!!
On Saturday, was our fun day of CHOCOLATES!!! It is so much fun. All the ladies on my moms side of the family go to my Aunts house and we make yummy chocolates for hours and hours!! Its a traditions in our family to do that around Thanksgiving. I look forward to it every year!! I love all you awsome ladies!

So here we are already the second week of DECEMBER!!! WHAT??? I cant believe it. In less than a month it will be the year 2010!!! I remember as a kid thinking 2010 was so far away, now here we are... I feel like I should be living on Mars or something. Silly, I know.
Well, not much is happening right now, so I'll try to wrote something again in a few weeks...

Love to you all
Happy Holidays