This week has been jam packed for me.
Ok .. this month has been jam packed for me.
Starting a new job… jumping into high school musical season.. trying to meet writing goals.. paperwork.. phone calls..
…Not to mention keeping the laundry up…
Yup.. I’m exhausted and behind schedule..
But tonight I took a couple hours and just wore my “Mom” hat… I just sat on the sidelines of the action…. and watched..
Our high school does an annual Powderpuff football game.. and as is the tradition? Yup .. the boys dressed up as cheerleaders.
This year my son dressed up with them. And he cheered with them.
As most of you know.. my son has Autism .. and a splash of mood disorder.
But have I told you how this community has embraced my son. Embraced him and encouraged him. They challenge him to succeed and cheer on his successes…
… and my son has soared here..
Tonight my son did not need me. He did not want me to stand next to him. He did not NEED to hold my hand.
I did not need to stand in the trenches… the trenches of fighting battles within ourselves to move forward.
Tonight I was able to step back and watch my son from the sidelines. I was able to watch his confidence. I was able to see his joy and his independence. And his laughter…
In a world where the internet says how bad the world is?
I see a world where a senior class nominated my son for Homecoming court. Nominated my son.. a classmate who struggles to succeed every day.
I see a world where a senior class goes out of their way to make my son feel welcome on the Powderpuff field.
I see a world where a group of students will pause in the hall to talk with my son as he waits for his mom (who was running late)…
I see a world where my son felt safe enough to grow into an amazing young man..
…a world where my son has loved to go to school every day.. even though it was difficult for him to concentrate there. ..
Tonight as I took a break from my hectic schedule? I let the joy and peace from my son’s soul seep into me..
I don’t know how to thank so many people for the impact they have had on our family and most importantly on my son. They are ALL my heroes.
But I do know that today I enjoyed seeing my son be so Independent.. I enjoyed not being in the trenches of Autism…
As for my son… I’ll always be right here.. cheering him on from the sidelines..