This is my nephew, Andrew, and Lulu.
I love Andrew, he is quite special to me. With each visit to see my family we get a little closer. He is a beautiful boy, and almost always happy. Like most kids he loves his family and animals (especially dogs), he looks forward to going to school, and he wants dessert before eating a meal. And he is a special-needs child. He has Angelman syndrome.
When my sister told me about Andrew’s diagnosis I was simply relieved he wasn’t going to die. But with his condition comes a lifetime of care-taking for his parents.
So with much respect, I salute good mothers everywhere, especially those who invest themselves in their children. I also stand in awe of parents who have kids with special needs or injuries and illnesses, such as my sister. I cannot fathom what you have to do each and every day.
I’ve learned so much from my own mother – from how to do a cartwheel to the secret of immense self-control (there is no secret, you either have it or you don’t). I also learned how to be an open-minded person, perhaps the most precious gift she offered.
I hope you all are spending Mother’s Day with those who love you most. May you feel celebrated.