As far back as I can remember I have been a very vivid dreamer. I can still remember dreams that I had as a child in exquisite detail and feeling.
Some dreams leave me exhausted; others, exhilarated.
In my dream state problems get worked through, stress gets relieved, events get relived, and sometimes desires get fulfilled.
I recently had a dream about I child I had worked with and whose mother founded a local autism support group.
Caden is a ridiculously beautiful boy whose dx includes Fragile X Syndrome and autism. (You can read more about him HERE as his mom has also guest blogged for me!)
In my dream a handsome young bespectacled man in a pinstripe Oxford clothe shirt approached me and asked me if I had ever worked in the PALS program. ( an early intervention program here in Humboldt County.) I replied that I did and he informed me that he was Caden, the little boy who used to sit and endlessly flip through pages of books.
At once the knowledge of how far this child had come and who he was now was like a huge weight lifted off my shoulders and the world in general. In my dream I began to weep. Tears flooded my face and my body was wracked with sobbing as I became overwhelmed with emotion.
From behind me I heard Clay and Jackson (also grown) laughing at me in a good-natured manner because I always get “so emotional”
I awoke from this dream with a renewed sense of passion and hope. These children– ANY special needs child– need the constant hope of potential– the solid foundation of belief. Our children need to be seen as unearthed treasures. We need to forage and mine, dig and discover the beauty of who they are in this moment, as well as who they can grow to become.
It sounds so simple and chock full of common sense, doesn’t it?
But it’s not.
Routine can wear us down.
Setbacks can wear us down.
The sheer weight of what is needed to be there 100% day after day can wear us down.
So I invite you all to take a break. Take a nap.
Regroup, recharge and rediscover that hope.
Focus on the beauty of the moment– the unique gifts and talents YOUR child possesses.
Dream of little Dream of beautiful future.