Monday, June 04, 2007

Part of The Journey

Using the analogy of being an artist I often paint our family picture in my own colorful and exciting style. Although I've shared some difficult moments through the blog I would think that for the most part the "attitude" and aura of this site is fairly positive and upbeat.

I think there is a clear reason for that fact. Since I began this blog last fall our Ben has remained very healthy and continues to make very good progress in reaching cognitive and physical goals we have set for him. That has not always been the case.

Now don't get me wrong. We definitely want Ben's story to be a beacon of hope for those exceptional families that are just beginning The Journey or are still facing many uncertainties. But part of The Journey is occasionally reflecting upon where we've been and just how far we've come. The road we walk is very difficult and often sad.

The truer picture was painted a few days ago by my friend Kelly at Jenelle's Journey. I want to thank her for expressing her emotions so well. Indeed all of us parents of special children have felt the same way or may even be feeling it now. There's nothing wrong with being honest. In fact admitting our grief is truly a cleansing experience.

1 comment:

Kelly said...

Oh, thank you for reflecting on this. Like Ben, Jenelle is doing so well and the feedback we get from the blog is so wonderful. I too hope to be encouraging to others just starting this life of ours.

It is good to stay positive, but it is also good to remember where we've been!