So today something amazing happened. Actually, two amazing things happened. One was that I was given an opportunity to help another Mom, and the second thing was that Michael made a friend. When he was doing his usual “dancing” during the offertory hymn outside of the baby/quiet room where parents can go with their little ones, he all of a sudden disappeared from view for a few seconds. And that’s when I saw the other little boy that had been playing in the quiet room too go over to Michael and start dancing with him. The other children in the quiet room are all babies as the older kids go to Sunday school. This has become difficult for Michael with all his spiritual questions and the large classes so he is back with us. When they came back to the quiet room together, (after the m they started talking and became “friends.” Then when it was time to go up to the altar to say the “Our Father” Michael looked for his friend. He turned to me and said,
“It’s ok Mommy. I’ll got my friend to go with.”
The tears of happiness pooled in my eyes. I still went up in case, but there they were in the circle with the rest of the children. It was beautiful. I am seeing that Michael is slowly getting comfortable in his own way at church and it warms my heart. Any place besides school and home where he sees he is accepted and loved is helping to build up his confidence and show him the world is a place that sometimes can embrace difference, even if it is difficult.
The chance I got to help another Mom with a special needs son was my beautiful moment. We exchanged phone numbers and I look forward to helping her on her journey with her child. I also know she in turn will help me. That is what it is all about in this world, in this life. New beginnings, new openings for all of us are chances to be reborn, grow, and make a difference in someone else’s life for the better.
What special moments are you reborn in, Exceptional Parents? What moments have you witnessed where the same can be said for your Exceptional Children? The thing is, these moments are usually “small moments.” That is what makes them easy to miss, especially amidst the trials and tribulations we sometimes experience with our children. So remember to look for the little moments of growth for you, for your child. You won’t regret that you did. And the universe, God, will respond with giving you more of these moments to shine your light in the world. Until next time.