Sunday, April 10, 2016

Three Cheers for the Siblings!

I have a few stories sitting in my writing folder waiting for me to finish them.  I should finish them and pop them up here, but I'm going to ride the coattails of national sibling day instead.  

I'm recycling a link to a sibling post that I wrote in 2009.  The Others wasn't the first post that I wrote that mentions the super sibs, but it includes a memory of them that has stayed in my heart all these years later.  It's the one I think of first when people ask me how Ronan's brother and sisters handle all that we have going on.  

Click the link to read the rest of the story:
The Others
As happens in other families, the siblings have their moments with each other.  Even though he is very delayed and can sometimes be hard to communicate with, they quickly hop to whenever they know that Ronan needs help.  He knows that he can rely on each one of his siblings and goes to them when my husband or I are unavailable or when he thinks that we are taking too long to assist him.  

When he is helped by his brother and sisters, Ronan thanks the sibs.  That doesn't always right away or without being prompted, but with a simple signed 'thank you', Ronan let's them know that he's thankful.  I'm proud of these kids, and I am eternally grateful that they are part of Ronan's life.  

I don't like to think about what will happen when my husband and I are no longer able to care for Ronan, but I find comfort in knowing that the sibs are ready to step in.  They know that they will have to rally and work together to oversee their brother's care sometime in future.  I know that they will do that with love and respect.  

To the autism siblings, you do your best and then do better.  You do things without hesitation and only with love.  You do what adults believe is impossible.  That's because you are fearless.  You are kind.  And you are amazing.  

Thank you.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  


xo, Cat

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