So today is Michael’s school’s holiday potluck lunch. We usually have a big concert in the gym followed by the lunch, but this December they decided to do a smaller caroling presentation by the children in the classroom. Michael has been excited all week about performing in the concert, as well as with all the goodie food that will be there. Yes, he is a foodie like his parents. 🙂
But for me, what this time of year reminds me of, is how many second families our Exceptional Family has. We are blessed with a supportive birth and in-law family on both sides which is our first family. After that, it’s a toss up between Michael’s school, our local community special needs organization, and our church. To me they are all on the same page, and I know in a flash we will get support, information, and a kind ear to help us and Michael on our journey of raising each other. I look forward to going to this holiday lunch because I know that even though I may not say much to the other parents in the room, they get it. Whether our kids have autism, Down Syndrome, ADHD, Williams or any other type of neuro developmental disorder, we know the joys, the pains, the highs and the lows of raising our kids and of our kids raising us. And at this time of year, we are simply Moms and Dads, grandparents and aunts and uncles of these Exceptional Children who have changed our world, and who, like us, are excited about the holidays, gifts and time spent with loved ones.
I will be nourishing my soul as I nourish my body tomorrow. Michael and I are also continuing a tradition started last year where Michael went to our local shopping mall to see Santa. He and I are both excited for that.
Exceptional Parents, what moments at this time of year help you remember your second family? If you do not have one, I strongly recommend getting one in the special needs community. They are your support, sounding board, and the restorers of the normalcy of your life when things are out of control. They also remind you that your child is a precious individual who will do amazing things, as long as you, their Exceptional Parent, continue to believe in them. Happy holiday concerts and lunches with your Exceptional Children and your families! Until next time.