It happened again. I stood there after watching Mr. T accomplish another obstacle he couldn’t struggle through two months ago, trying not to be the crazy mom in tears because I don’t like having to do the explaining that goes along with that. And then his coach came out to tell me how he could tell there was so much improvement in strength. All I could say was, “Yes! Thank you!”.
But that just isn’t enough. Because I know I’m not the only parent with these struggles of expressing what we really feel, today I’m going to try to write it all out. These people pour into our children, our families, and our hearts and we want them to know they are valued so much more than a simple “thank you” can convey.
An open letter to therapists, coaches, teachers, and friends,
Thank you for what you do. For the hours you spend planning, researching, and getting ready to work with these incredible kids. For the time you take for continuing education, the new therapies you scout out, the support groups you facilitate, the way you push our children to become more than a label, you are so appreciated.
Your tireless work to improve the lives of our children and our families is hard. You’ve been defied, bitten, scratched, ignored, pushed, yelled at, and left feeling so very tired on so many days. And yet, you continue on. The hugs, the tiny steps forward, the sparkles in the eyes, the successful new sounds, the pride of new muscle movement and control, and your deep and unwavering love for our children continue to fuel your passion to help.
How can we thank you for all that you have given?
For the first time we heard “I love you” out loud clearly.
For the first time they pedaled a bicycle successfully.
For the grin that happens when they tackle a new challenge.
For the ability to sit still for short periods of time.
For the increased auditory processing.
For the decreased sensory sensitivities.
For the jumping, climbing, swimming, swinging, rolling.
For the love of history, of scripture, of gymnastics.
For the shoulder to cry on when things seem so far out of reach.
Every time we hear “I did it!”, we know each of you have a part in the accomplishment.
What you have gifted to us, dear friends, is more than you may ever know and more than these humble, grateful, and often quiet parents will ever be able to express.
For these and the many other ways you help our children and us to grow and become more than we ever dreamed we’d be, thank you. Thank you for being on our team. Thank you for believing in our precious ones. Thank you for sharing your heart for helping.
All of us fighting these battles together