Yesterday was filled with Miracles of the Stubborn Mama variety. After several weeks of playing phone and computer tag, I finally got in touch with the director of a very special program which provides *invisible social support* to people just exactly like my Daughter. As a result, we are leaving today for a College Visit. A real four year University, with the degree program she is interested in, has invited HER to come and see if she likes it. Could I be any happier? I think NOT. This is the child, by the way, who was never going to be able to go to Regular School or ask a question or have an ordinary social interaction. Never Say NEVER. I have been determined to assist my children in reaching their fullest potentials as human beings, and NOW, 20 years later, I am finally seeing the fruits of the stubborn seeds I planted in Preschool. It has not been easy, and Lord knows, I've fallen flat on my face more than a couple of times...but yesterday I took stock. My son is working at a productive job he LOVES and living as independently as his medical needs allow. He's Happy, has Friends, and gathers around the dinner table with Guys Like Him in a house he has helped clean, and does the dishes after dinner before retiring to his room. My daughter graduated from a regular high school with honors, completed three semesters of a local community college, without any special ed support whatsoever, made the President's list every semester and accompanied me on a five week train trip across the country. She was the single most delightful travelling companion I have ever had the pleasure of being with. She wants to try and transfer to a four year college and someday get her Masters degree in Library Science. Today we begin that process. They have both worked really really hard to overcome insurmountable odds and LOTS of professional Naysayers.
Saturday we will be at MSWF. I'll be the Proud Mama, grinning from ear to ear. I can't wait to give each and every one of you a Huge HUG!
There Probably won't be any blog updates until Tuesday or so, as I am NOT lugging the laptop on this trip. If I get lucky and find a Public Library or an Internet cafe, I'll try to sneak in a quick post.
Blessings to You and Yours, this day as ALWAYS!