well, blogging didn't make my to-do list yesterday. but i take it as a good sign that it made me sad to miss it!
recently, i was able to cheer for some incredible special olympians. elijah being my favorite, of course. he participated in the younger age groups, no competition was involved, just fun games and first place ribbons for all.
it was fun to join in a crowd that went wild with every start signal and absolutely nuts with every finish. there were some truly amazing athletes. i knew none of them, but cheers came naturally. in some special way, it felt like i was watching family compete.
one high school aged girl ran her race like she was born for it. she was so fast! her form was smooth and precise. she was serious about her run. i was so impressed. even more impressive was her hugging all of her opponents after the race. everyone finished every event. some took ten times longer than others, but they finished. i loved celebrating everyone's accomplishments and efforts. i loved seeing everyone's bright, giddy faces, hearing their shouts of victory and high fiving everyone who came their way.
more and more i see.
this community of exceptional individuals and their families, they're something to celebrate.
i'm not an angel for being a special needs mom, i'm the same special sort of person you are. i do have the unique opportunity to see life a little differently every single day. "different" is what i wake up to. "different" is what i'm coming to know as my normal. and i love it. i want to keep seeing the varied design of our creator. he makes no mistake. he intended for differences to be celebrated and cherished. inclusion is wonderful, but sameness is never the goal. i'm thankful for events like special olympics. for me it was a place to get a fresh perspective of how unique we all are. it's a good thing to notice what's different about those around us! i'm becoming more and more comfortable in the special needs community. not because i totally understand everything about everyone, but because i see what we have in common more clearly. we each bear the image of god. and it's beautiful, and that's what makes us all special.