Thursday, May 5, 2016

Mom to Mom

Even though I know that the best place for me to be right now is for me to be home with the kids (with Ronan especially), some days I want so badly to be out there in the real world doing grown up stuff.  I miss teaching.  I miss creating curriculum.  I miss school and the predictable routine the school year offered.  Besides missing using the skills and gifts that came so naturally to me, I also miss the chance for adult interaction.  God bless the first adult I run into when I do finally get out of the house. I turn into a Chatty Cathy when given the opportunity to talk to other humans uninterrupted!

Anyway, after the tough morning Ronan had today, today was one of those sad days where I found myself concentrating on what I don't get to do when I got a private message that another mom was in need of help.  Can I offer some words of wisdom to this mom?  You bet I can, and you know I will!  

Since I knew the particular problem that the mom is facing, I went one step further. 

I started looking for answers.  

I made some calls.  

I jotted down some notes. 

I added a few tips that have helped me in the past.  

I couldn't have done all of that unless I was home.  Home is where I find myself a lot these days.  It's where I am and for now, I'm reminding myself that it's exactly where I need to be.  

I'll wait patiently for the other mom to call me so I can share what I discovered.  The other mom is like me - has a child with special needs, is feeling lost and confused, and is frustrated with "the system".  This mom needs guidance, assurance and a friend.  I can help with all of that.  

I don't always get to do what I want to these days, but I'd rank being able to help other mamas as some of the most important work I've ever gotten to do.  I'm hoping that the quick work I just did will calm this new mama's nerves, will get her on the right path and will give her the chance to breathe.  Life's a lot easier when we remember to take a second to breathe.  I'm going to remind myself to remember to do just that.  

xo, Cat

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