Life in a family of nine neurodiverse individuals: How we do it, why we do what we do, helping you do it too. "What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters, compared to what lies within us." - Oliver Wendall Holmes
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
"Be STILL, and know that I am God"
Interesting. Today is ... interesting. Amid the hustle and bustle for son 2's high school graduation, there remains another agenda. Son 5 has class plays going on at 2 pm, and son 6 graduates kindergarten at 3. Fortunately (?) both are in the same building and even the same room.
I almost wish we didn't have the two graduations, as the one eclipses the other. This is life in a large family, though! At least it's not the year we had a Graduation, Confirmation, First Holy Communion and Kindergarten Graduation the same month. But it IS busy.
My own AD/HD tends to kick in at times like this, and I feel a bit scattered, a bit spread thin. Over the years, I've come to see this as a call from God that I need a little bit of "Daddy time" myself. I've discussed "Daddy Nights" at our house in a previous post..(here) and I have learned that I also need that time. Not just with their Daddy, but with Our Lord. Don't get me wrong, dh and I have date night every Thursday, in which the kids fend for themselves (leftover buffet for supper, pick their own movie of the evening) and Daddy and I hide in the bedroom (available if necessary yet praying it's not.) It's entirely necessary to take care of that relationship as it is the foundation of the family. Without Dad and I, the kids really wouldn't be here. So taking care of the "us" is as important as taking care of them.
But what I mean is time to withdraw. 25 minutes is really what I need. A walk on our pedestrian path with the puppy, rosary in hand, usually does it. Sometimes, though, life comes at me so swift I'm reminded of the saying, "I try to take one day at a time, but lately several days have attacked me at once." I get overwhelmed, agitated, don't know what to start when... even my neurotic list-making gets out of whack. That is a sign to take time out, and "be still, and know that I am God". Call it transcendental meditation, prayer, whatever you'd like. It's allowing myself to just empty, into the knowledge that God is God and it will all work out in the end. When the end is, is sometimes unclear, but it all works out in the end. It's important to just rest in the stillness at times. I know that God is here, and that He cares, but sometimes, I wish He'd do the dishes and clean under the couch. Those times, just being is important. Just to be. To revel in creation and know that even if nobody comes to the Open House, or if everybody and their brother comes, God is in his heaven and all is right with the world. ( I have noticed, though, that if the house is spotless, no one ever comes over. It's only when you've been up all night with the crying insomniac or vomiting child and have no energy to even get dressed past your old college sweats and a t-shirt robbed from dh that people visit.)
Remember, when you're at your most frazzled, that's when to take a break and know that in the grand scheme of things, it won't matter. Looking back, I don't remember who came or didn't to my HS graduation. I don't really remember who sent cards or congratulatory phone calls. A few, yes, but mostly family, and to be honest, family that's REALLY family will be there whether all my ducks are in a row or not.
I'm a mother of seven, ages 22 to 6. They all have special needs of one variety or another, hence my interest in parent advocacy.
Despite special needs, every child has their own needs, and all children have some things in common. You will find here rants, raves, excitement, tears... things all parents go through. You will also find acronyms that special needs parents know, as do the professionals that work with our children. My hope and my goal is to provide experience, strength, and hope, as well to learn from comments and receive your experience strength and hope.
I don't have all the answers, but between us, we can find them!