“... and she loved a boy very, very much - even more than she loved herself.”
― Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree
There has been a lot of sadness lately - with the passing of a dear friend, the many tragedies that are happening in our world these days, the general stresses that come with raising a child with a disability, and thoughts of the future and what it might hold for us. It can be hard to put a positive spin on it, and to find a silver lining. There are no magic words to make the world a better place. I have to remember, though, that this is my life, and I am grateful for it. All of it. The beauty and the pain, and the ever-expanding definition of what motherhood truly is.
This boy. He reminds me that true joy is experienced most often in the regular old every day moments - the hard moments, the beautiful ones, and the moments in between where I sometimes forget to notice it. There is a lot of good out there, we just have to keep it in focus. I have to work really hard at that, but this boy shows me every day how much good is in our lives, and just how good that good is.
Thanks so much to Melissa Pelley for these beautiful photos!