I love to write poetry, but today I am including a poem that I did not write. This poem was given to me by one of PJ’s teachers years ago. It has given me comfort down through the years and I have read it many times. This poem is for any parent who is faced with the challenge of raising a child with a disability. I want you to know what Heroes you really are.
I hope that we can support and encourage each other. How can parents of “typical” children know what we go through? About all our sacrifices, heartbreaks and frustrations? All parents experience this, but we are constantly pushed beyond our breaking point when our child has a disability. We are pushed beyond our breaking point, but we don’t break. We get stronger, more compassionate, more understanding.
I am also the parent of “typical” children and grandchildren, so I know the difference. When PJ came along, I had the mind set of ; you raise your child; they go away to college or get a job, get married and live their own life, have children of their own, etc. It had never occurred to me that there was anything different.
This poem is included in “Inspired By Autism”. When I wrote the book, I had the support and encouragement of my husband, but he did not live to see the final product. I greatly miss having his support, encouragement and help. Even during the years that we were separated, he was always there for PJ and me. I pray that all of you have the support you need. I wrote “Inspired By Autism” to offer comfort and support by including things that comforted and supported me; things that I still need. We started the Pervis Jackson Jr Autism Foundation to offer physical and financial support to families that needed it. Pervis was the foundation for the Foundation as he was for PJ and me.
I hope this poem gives you the comfort that it gave me. The writer is anonymous but the words are not.
Heaven’s Very Special Child
A meeting was held quite far from Earth. / It’s time for another birth, / said the angels to the Lord above. / This special child will need much love.
His progress may seem very slow. / Accomplishments he may not show. / And he’ll require some extra care / from the folks he meets down there.
He may not run, laugh or play. / His thoughts may seem quite far away. / In many ways he won’t adapt / and some may say he’s handicapped.
So, let’s be careful where he’s sent. / We want his life to be content. / Please, Lord find the parents who / will do a special job for you.
They may not realize right away / the leading role they’re asked to play / But with this child sent from above / comes stronger faith and richer love.
And soon, they’ll know the privilege given / of caring for this gift from Heaven. / Their precious charge, so meek and mild / is Heaven’s very special child.
Until next time; May the Light of God surround you; May the love of God enfold you.