0wen and Will entering into second grade and Jake, the "big kid now" in the fourth grade, looking to move up to middle school next year. The summer seemed to fly by so fast. It was our first summer since the twins were diagnosed at 2, that we enjoyed a summer together as a family- with no therapy at home. No behavioural aides, no programs, no social workers, no speech therapists, no occupational therapists-- except for all of those professionals who are now dear friends and are still important people in our lives. It was fantastic.
This summer was my mid-life crisis. Can you call it that when there is no crisis, only huge revelations and discovery about yourself? It was, perhaps, one of the saddest and most empowering moments I've ever had and I feel that I have truly opened a door into a new reality. A new way of looking at the world, at myself and at the people around me. I am stronger than I've ever been and ready to take on all that's to come.
I'll leave with two quotes that inspired me to post to the blog today:
Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength.
-- August Wilson
Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength.
-- Author Unknown
May all of my friends and readers with whom I've been disconnected for so many months, find strength in this as well. Please take me back and forgive my long absence. :)