Last Friday, I pulled into the driveway of a client's home to pick up their child. I have the most wonderful job working with children with disabilities. I am so blessed to have this job in so many ways. I have learned a lot about peoples' differences and how to appreciate them. Besides that, the kids are just too fun, I can hardly call what I do a 'job'. As I put the vehicle in park, the parents were outside, waiting. The wife was clutching her purse and had her common welcoming smile on her face. The both of them always seem so warm and happy. I came to find out, they were heading out for a date. A nice dinner while we watched after their child for a few hours. I could tell they were excited, which made me suddenly excited for them. As I climbed back in my vehicle and backed out of the driveway, I realized what a big deal my job actually is. To think that we give parents a break for just a few hours so they can have some precious time to themselves to do whatever they'd like.
I think people fail to recognize how amazing these parents are. I am not saying in any way, shape, or form that their children are a burden, but taking care of anyone with a disability can definitely be a time commitment and a challenge. I wish average people could have this understanding. I am so grateful I have discovered such an understanding. I respect all these parents I have come in contact with. They are obviously special people to have such an opportunity as to raise and care for some of the most incredible children the world knows.
So this post is a shout out to all those parents. Parents that take care of a child that maybe the world views as different. Parents that devote a great chunk of their time to showing their children a happy life. I have a deep love for all of you. Thanks and enjoy your day.