"All together now"
I've dedicated about 90% of this blog to how much Autism and having a kid with special needs sucks. Here's one of those "other 10%" posts.
Having a kid with special needs has brought into my life some absolutely amazing people. I've made amazing friends sitting in therapy center waiting rooms, special needs, chat rooms, early intervention programs, etc. There are some moms who have kids like mine who have become MY girls. These women are stunning and I'd never have gotten the chance to know them if it wasn't for Autism. These are people who love me and love my kid for who we really are.
There are others who have come into our lives because of the whole special needs thing who don't really interact with me as much as they do with Little Bird. The freaking love my kid. It's true that every time she's going to start working with someone new, I warn them: you're going to fall in love with this kid. And they do. They all do.
I've talked about it many times before, but Little Bird participates in some amazing programs at Friendship Circle where typical teens are paired up with kids with special needs. Little Bird's volunteer is a fabulous teen named Marni. I swear, I don't know how we got so lucky to have such an awesome volunteer (but between us, and the rest of the interwebs, ALL the teen volunteers at FC are ridiculously fab). Marni went to Israel last week and brought back a little something for my bird:
Front: someone who loves me very much went to Israel and got me this t-shirt.
The back of the shirt says my bird's name in Hebrew. LOVE it!!!
A couple days ago, Little Bird's advocate (shadow/paraprofessional) at school gave me something very special as well. It's a beautiful kanga that she brought back from Kenya.
Each kanga carries a message on it, and this one says,