Sometimes life with autistic children can be so demanding that I end up feeling totally overwhelmed by the challenges my family face. The past week has been one such week where I have felt sad about the difficulties my children face and the lack of support they get. I won’t go into the specifics of why the past week has been so hard, I will save that for another post, but to suffice to say that the events of the past week have made me feel quite miserable. It’s easy when you have a bad week like this to loose perspective and forget about the good things in life that I should be grateful for.
1. I am grateful for living in a country that is not torn apart by war or conflict. Our country may be beset with problems but at least we are not ripped apart by death and destruction that tears apart families and communities.
2. I am grateful for having a home, food, clean water and warmth. I only have to read about how people live in the developing countries to appreciate how fortunate I am to have these things.
3. I am grateful for having access to health care. Whilst our health system is far from perfect my children and I can access basic drugs that can cure us of infections that once upon a time killed many of my ancestors and still continue to kill many in the poorer countries.
4. I am grateful for having the opportunity to become a mother. A life changing experience that has changed me forever, my children are an inspiration to me and I watch with wonder and excitement as they grow and develop.
5. I am grateful for having a loving and supportive husband that stands by us. He is patient, intelligent and works hard to support us. We are fortunate that we are able to survive on his income which enables me to stay at home and care for my children.
6. I am grateful for modern technology and to be able to be part of the online parenting and special needs communities where I have met some wonderful and diverse people. I am particularly thankful for the fantastic support from other special needs parents.
7. And finally I am grateful for my freedom of speech. Across the world there are countries who do not allow their people the freedom of expression. We are fortunate in this country that we don’t live under such repression and have the freedom to write and talk about our thoughts and experiences. This is something I value.
Special Saturday is a campaign to promote awareness and understanding of special needs. Every Saturday a prompt is given to encourage people to write something and to spread awareness of special needs. If you would like to learn more about Special Saturday then you can do so though the following ways:
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/SpecialSaturday
Twitter – follow @Specialsat and use the hashtag #specialsaturday
The Blog – http://specialsaturday.org/
Wendy at the Savette Gazette – http://www.savette.com/category/special-saturday/
This post is day 19 of the nablopomo challenge where I have to submit a blogpost every day in the month of November.