November is the month of gratitude, so I thought it timely to share this previously written post on why…
I AM NOT GRATEFUL
I was not grateful when I learned Wil had Down syndrome.
I am not grateful my marriage was challenged by our differing timetables of acceptance.
I am not grateful my relationships with certain teachers have been strained by differing ideas of how to approach Wil’s behaviors.
I am not grateful that I’m entering an era of hormones, girlfriends, and widening gaps within Wil’s peer group.
I am not grateful for the stereotypes and ignorance my son will experience.
I do cry. I do get angry. I do get frustrated. I do things I regret. I am not grateful for these things.
I am grateful for a deeper level of acceptance I would not have known if Wil didn’t have Down syndrome.
I am grateful my husband and I now share a deeper bond and respect for the challenges we worked through.
I am grateful that each day, month, and year, I learn more about special education laws, advocacy, and the fact we are human and make mistakes.
I am grateful for second chances.
I am grateful that I have come to know a strong group of proactive parents I can laugh with and learn from. I am grateful to call these strong, compassionate people my friends.
I am grateful these experiences have compelled me to widen my perspective.
I am grateful for the advancement of acceptance so my son may have increased opportunities for a fulfilling life.
I am grateful I can contribute to the advancement of acceptance and increased opportunities.
I do smile. I do rejoice. I do feel joy. I do things I am proud of. I am grateful for these things.
I am grateful my gratitude creates a deeper well for the times I am not grateful.