Monday, July 28, 2008

Mother of Shrek

Mother of Shrek is transitioning her son into residential care. He is at that age now when people move out and go on to live an adult life. It isn't easy for them. C doesn't like change and his health suffers. His mom has to deal with all the emotions and fears that come with making sure that he is in a safe place where he will be properly cared for. She has to worry about how long it will take him to transition, and what toll the change will take.

She also has to deal with the same things all other parents face when their children leave. The loneliness, the uncertainty, the pride, the tears and the heartbreak. You see your children out there in the big cold world and you know you can't pick them up and kiss their owees.

She has had to fight prejudice and bigotry that makes what Zach and I have faced look mild. People have been openly cruel to C and his mom. I can't imagine how I would have handled people taking pictures with their cell phones, laughing, taunting, and hitting when out in public.

She's feeling especially lonely these days - which is saying something considering how isolating it is to have a child with a disability (especially autism).

My thoughts are with her. I recommend her site to anyone who is interested in knowing what it is like to unconditionally love your son in a world that despises you for it. I believe that the prejudice and bigotry will only diminish by the example of mothers like her.


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