In Honor of Mother’s Day: Children with Disabilities
I know, it’s a Hallmark sort of holiday, it’s not the biggest holiday of the year. But this Mother’s Day, indulge me just a little, as we consider what moms might really want to receive on this kind of day. How would our moms want to be celebrated? Let’s appreciate our moms, especially those who have taught us how to parent our children with disabilities.
I think maybe my mom would like me to enjoy my time, now that I’m a mom, too. I think she’d want me to sit down, relax a little. Maybe put those dishes off until tomorrow.
I think she’d like that I’m telling a story about her, even if it’s just me speculating. I tend to feel like a little family story here are there means more on special days. On a day like Mother’s Day, I can’t help but remember how it felt to give birth, and to notice my life changing in so many ways, great and small.
Today I’m recommending this wonderful story about parenting children with disabilities, in that vein. It’s one to listen to, through StoryCorps, which is taking on the important work of preserving the stories of individual people, ordinary people who make up our country and our national heritage. (You can also read the transcript if you are more of a reader.)
This is the story of a woman with disabilities, and how she realizes as an adult that her mother could very well have abandoned her at birth—but she didn’t. It’s the story of that mother daughter bond, and the ways it was both deepened and challenged by the daughter’s rare genetic disorder.
If you’ve never thought about what it might be like to raise children with disabilities, in particular a child whose disabilities meant they might be vulnerable throughout their life, or might even die young, it’s a wonderful eye-opener. Whatever your experience as a parent or child, this is an amazing story to hear.
Happy Mother’s Day.