Special Needs Moms
Dear Special Needs Moms,
Let me wipe away the tears as I remind each of you about how absolutely amazing you truly are!
Onward and upward with love,
Jessica Ann Kong
I have two beautiful boys that I am blessed to have call me mommy. One is a dark-haired, blue-eyed sweetheart that loves his family and is quite the overachiever. One is a light-haired, hazel-eyed treasure that is full of adventure and fearless. They are both quite different but they bring so much joy into my life.
Today I was contemplating the journey we started so long ago when I discovered my youngest son had Special Needs. The examinations, testing, doctor appointments and therapies were so overwhelming at first. I would question myself and my abilities and just pray that God would ensure that my child was getting all the help I could get him.
The bumpy past has led me a long ways away from where I thought I would be in life when I was young and childless. But it is better and filled with more love than I could have ever imagined. I wouldn’t change my life or my children’s’ lives for the world! As I sit here, lost in my nostalgia, I would like to share a beautiful and heartfelt perspective about Special Needs Moms that I feel every Special Needs Mom should read!
“The Special Mother” by Erma Bombeck
Did you ever wonder how mothers of disabled children were chosen?
Somehow I visualize God hovering over the earth selecting his instruments of propagation with great care and deliberation. As He observes, He instructs His angels to make notes in a giant ledger.
“This one gets a daughter. The Patron saint will be Cecelia”
“This one gets twins. The Patron saint will be Matthew”
“This one gets a son. The Patron saint….. give her Gerard. He’s used to profanity”
Finally He passes a name to an angel and smiles. “Give her a disabled child”.
“Exactly,” smiles God. “Could I give a disabled child to a mother who does not know laughter That would be cruel!”
“But has she patience?” asks the angel.
“I don’t want her to have too much patience or she will drown in a sea of sorrow and despair. Once the shock and resentment wears off, she’ll handle it. I watched her today, she has that feeling of self and independence that is so necessary in a mother. You see, the child I’m going to give her has her own world. She has to make her live in her world and that’s not going to be easy.”
“But Lord, I don’t think she even believes in you” God smiles, “No matter, I can fix that. This one is perfect – she has just enough selfishness”
The angel gasps – “Selfishness? is that a virtue?”
God nods. “If she can’t separate herself from the child occasionally she won’t survive. Yes here is a woman whom I will bless with a child less than perfect. She doesn’t realize it yet, but she is to be envied. She will never take for granted a ‘spoken word’. She will never consider any ‘step’ ordinary. When her child says ‘Momma’ for the first time, she will be present at a miracle and will know it. It will permit her to see clearly the things I see… ignorance, cruelty and prejudice… and allow her to rise above them. She will never be alone. I will be at her side every minute of every day of her life because she is doing my work as surely as if she is here by my side”
“And what about her Patron saint?” asks the angel, his pen poised in midair.
God smiles… “A mirror will suffice”