There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, the pool was the perfect temperature and we laughed as our daughter pretended to be Peter Pan while making a running jump into the water. ” “What if I never get to dance with him at his creep up from time to time.
I take comfort in the fact that no one can fulfill Anderson’s purpose in this life other than Anderson.
I take comfort in the fact that Anderson would not be Anderson without Down syndrome.
I take comfort in knowing that these struggles he will face, will shape him into the man he is meant to become.
So, when this short-lived pain seems to randomly take over my heart, I will squeeze my toddler tight, let the tears trickle down and admit—that sometimes being a special needs parent is hard.
The truth is none of us know what the future will hold for of our children. But, when your child has a disability, the struggles are more of a guarantee.
I know many things will be more difficult for Anderson, because they already are. My hopes and expectations for Anderson are sky-high.
I won’t put limits on him and I’ll try my best in his younger years to get others to extend him the same courtesy.
But I do know his diagnosis will make certain aspects of his life more challenging—and when I look at my sweet, loving little boy, knowing that can feel heavy at times.
But, then I will remember to smile because these moments are only so difficult because the love I have for him is so deep.