We recently had a meeting with Annie's teachers to evaluate her progress and make course corrections as needed. I love teachers in general and God bless them for the work that they do but I can't expect them to be as passionate about my daughter as I am.
Annie has some significant learning delays and it will take significant effort on our part, as parents, on their part as teachers and especially on Annie's part. That means extra effort, extra patience, extra thought. It means extra hard.
But I BELIEVE in Annie.
I believe she can catch up. I believe Annabelle is gifted beyond what her teachers see, what her mother and I believe and what Annie herself can presently conceive. And so I choose the hard road. The push. The effort. The challenge. I want to push Annie to her greatest potential. This will not always be fun or easy but it will be what is best. I BELIEVE in my Annie.
That got me thinking. Maybe God has not given up on us quite yet either.
God BELIEVES in us. He believes that we are gifted beyond what we ourselves can imagine. He believes that we can become MORE compassionate and LESS judgmental. Our father believes that we have great storehouses of understanding and humility that we have not yet discovered. God believes that we have within us the ability to make a better society - one in which ALL are cherished as the immortals which we are.
And so God chooses the hard road. The push. The effort. The challenge. He wants to push us to our greatest potential. This will not always be fun or easy but it will be what is best, for God BELIEVES in us.
So he makes us the gift of disability and calls all of us, those with disabilities and those without, to step up and show what he has made us of. He calls us to be better beings and there are few places in which that call is louder than the community of those with disabilities.
God makes us the gift of disability because he BELIEVES in us even when we don't believe in ourselves.
God makes us the gift of disability because he still has hope for us.
I know I haven't been posting many photos lately. I have a good excuse - our camera broke (the new one arrives today!) A couple of weeks ago Annie went to a birthday party and the theme was "Garden Fairies" complete with a May Pole.
It was a blustery day which combined two of Annie's favorite things: Wind and ribbons! She had a blast!
In a parlor containing a table And three chairs, three men confided Their inmost thoughts to one another. I, said the first, am miserable. I am miserable, the second said. I think that for me the right word Is miserable, said the third. Well, they said, it's quarter to two. Good night. Cheer up. Sleep well. You too. You too. You too.