Dear special needs mum I saw your eyes, I know you were trying so hard to hide, to hide the hurt, the struggle, the pain, you see I know this because i’ve suffered the same.
Dear warrior mum who battles so strong, to ensure her children’s needs are met and they feel they belong, you fight for understanding, you fight for their rights, you’ll do this each day and long into each night.
Dear struggling mum who is torn between kids and work, stretched so thin without any obvious perks, striving to be a good role model, keep a happy home and of course being that trusty companion at the end of the phone.
Dear tired mum who gives so much care, has little support but will always be there, there for her cherubs, her family, her friends and continually giving because her love never ends.
Dear inspirational mum, the juggling goddess, managing your life’s hectic duties really does impress, you cleverly balance all that is demanded, from form filling to meetings and unexpected dramas, she makes it appear that nothing alarms her.
Dear thoughtful mum, who worries and fears, of the hurdles likely to follow in the next 5 to 10 years, always looking ahead, striving for better, preparing for change and softening any blows, without this where your children would be, who knows.
Dear under-appreciated mum holding back tears, sad from the battle you faced today but have handled for years, painting on that smile, constantly dusting yourself down, so bravely aware you’ll get no thanks but you must not reveal your inner frown.
Dear unnoticed mum, standing at gates, desperate for others to truly know your fate, ignored by many, shunned by some, because ignorance breeds and ‘special needs’ is more scary than fun.
Dear mum who knows best, and sees all the glory, of their special need children and are brave enough to share their story, to those mums who reach out to others, for those daring to speak out loud for those endeavouring to raise awareness, we are grateful for you in our crowd.
Dear insightful mum, who knows all the up- sides, of living with ‘difference’ and refusing to hide, to those mums embracing, educating, accepting, knowledgeable and ever learning, because of you, our children are blessed and safe and will never be left isolated or yearning.
Please don’t ever feel alone. Connect with me on Facebook if you’d benefit from support of any kind. I won’t have all the answers but you’ll not be alone and perhaps together we’d help each other discover a broader support network.