My son married my daughter in law the day after Thanksgiving and our family changed forever, in a good way. With the onset of one of their children being diagnosed with autism, their lives changed dramatically. Not once have I heard either one of them so much as utter one word of dismay over this, nothing but love, support and encouragement for our grandson’s future. They continue to seek out nothing but the best treatment and therapy for him putting aside every barrier along the way, at a personal sacrifice. I wrote this below as a feeble attempt to pay tribute to my daughter in law for her sacrifice she makes every day for my grand children who would not be nearly as beautiful and as thriving if it were not for a mom that loved them so much and put her life on the line for them.
Words can’t express
How a mother defines success
It shows in her face,
Instilled in her grace.
It is one of those things
And only a child truly knows.
The effect a mom has on her child,
It is an indelible mark,
They bring light to the lifeless,
They bring a child literally out of the dark.
They sing lullabies,
To the child that cannot sleep,
They hold their child lovingly,
Every single time their child weeps.
When their child’s heart is breaking,
Their heart breaks too,
It is almost as if the color of the day
Changes from gray to blue,
Until their child is happy,
Their day will not begin anew.
The mothers that are courageous,
They have the child with a special need,
God knew that they could be trusted
And thus, were given a special seed.
These children must be fostered,
And handled with special loving care,
They must serve as an example.
And not falter by others ignorant stares.
A mom should be willing,
To put her needs on hold,
To help her children be all that they can be,
And allow them to see what their future might hold.
Some women are stronger,
And give up more than others do,
These are the special chosen ones,
These are, in number, very few.
May you stop, reflect and pray,
That society, community and loved ones,
Will help them carry their heavy load.
Every child is brought into the world for a reason,
Just like every time the weather changes it brings a new season.
We are here to learn through each other,
That is why none of us are carbon copies of each other.
Embrace those that are different, reach out a hand,
When you see their mothers struggling to raise them, please make a stand!