This Mother's Day there will be many Moms of special needs kids, who don't receive handmade notes or home crafted, crayon colored cards. These moms mother for a smile or a tender touch, they mother because this is simply what Moms do.
I wrote this letter years ago, before my girl had the words to tell me how she feels. I wrote this years ago before my girl was, what she is today. I wrote the words I know I needed and hoped to share with others.
Please share this with a Special Needs Mom you know, , whose child is unable to write or say the words she may long to hear.
Even without my words you always know what I need.
When I am hurting or afraid, frustrated or weary, you gather me home into the safety of your arms.
You know what makes me smile, and fills my face with light.
You make my heart full with happiness when you sing my favorite song, and sweep the softness of my favorite blanket, across the curve of my cheek.
And when you take me for walks and I feel the warmth of the sun , the cool breeze brushing by my skin , with you by my side.
You ignore the words of others, telling you what I cannot do- and then fill the hours of every day telling me what I can.
Every day you see other kids - doing more, still you choose to celebrate me.
Pushing away sadness, you focus on the hope of my future , you let my small simple steps, lead us forward.
Never standing still, always in motion- You move before me , your planning- protective and positive, prepares me for success- meeting new people, and new everyday challenges.
..and Mom, in case I ever go- before I can whisper my words of thanks, or wrap my arms around you.
Know what I know-that before you someday soothe me into heaven's sleep.
With you, I live the fullest life and I see the world, through your understanding eyes.
And with your gentle touch you fill my life to overflowing, with the greatest kind of love.
Written by Suzanne Perryman, www.SpecialNeedsMom.com