Sunday, May 11, 2008

Love, love and more love to all mothers, everywhere! Happy Mother's Day!

THE BEATITUDES - For Mothers of Exceptional Children

Blessed are you who take time to listen to difficult speech:
For you help us to know that if we persevere,
We can be understood.

Blessed are you who walk with us in public places,
And ignore the stares of strangers,
For in your companionship,
We find havens of peace.

Blessed are you who never bid us to "hurry up,"
And more blessed are you
Who do not snatch tasks from our hands to do them for us,
For often we need time rather than help.

Blessed are you who stand beside us
As we enter new and untried ventures,
For our failures will be outweighed
By the times we surprise ourselves and you.

Blessed are you who ask for our help,
For our greatest need is to be needed.

Blessed are you when you assure us,
That the one thing that makes us individuals
Is not in our peculiar muscles,
Nor in our wounded nervous systems,
Nor in our difficulties in learning,
Nor any exterior difference.
But it is in our inner, personal, individual self
Which no infirmity can diminish or erase.

Author Unknown (But deeply appreciated)


questionsaboutfaith said...

My wife and I loved your poem from anonymous. We have an autistic boy named Stephen who is our greatest teacher. He is 11 years old and has been placed in a group home. We visit him every chance we get. I plan to write more about my son's autism in my new blog called Questions About Faith.

I also have a book out there called "Our Brown-Eyed Boy" about our families struggles. Check it out on Amazon.

I also find we like many of the same musicians including Lucy Kaplansky.


kario said...

Glorious! Thanks for sharing this. I will hold it in my heart for a time today.

Happy Mother's Day, my dear. I do hope you are being spoiled rotten and appreciated for all that you are.

Michelle O'Neil said...

Great poem! I'll try to remember it next time I'm rushing my kids and "doing" for them rather than exercizing patience.

Happy Mother's Day Carrie!

Anonymous said...

Happy Mother's Day Carrie! This poem is wonderful. I'm printing this one and keeping it close to my heart.