Home » Special Needs Revelations | The Moody’s Looking Back – Looking Forward
This has been one of those kinds of years for the Moodys, filled with ups and downs and so many revelations it sometimes makes our heads spin; at the end of the year I think it is the kind of pseudo special needs revelations that sum our year up the best, though.
In a very literal sense of the words, this has been a year of coming to terms with new diagnoses and symptoms, and coming to grips with what chronic diagnoses like ours can mean. The rare disorder my guys all have won’t ever just go away. Neither will many of their other diagnoses – autism, epilepsy, cerebral palsy.
Oh, they will get better. I hope and expect for them to get better. And my guys prove that correct every day. In the same way that we have had literal special needs revelations in this house this year – new diagnosis for Jim, new symptoms for the boys…we’ve also had special needs revelations in other, more personal ways.
No matter what life has thrown at us, we Moody’s have stuck our chins out, and we’ve kept moving forward. Like the theme of that Disney movie, Meet the Robinsons (a family favorite, by the way!), we here in the Moody house challenged ourselves to keep looking forward in 2011.
Not formally. We didn’t write in on a slip of paper or announce it, or anything as official as all that. But in our hearts and minds, throughout the year as one thing after another crept into our lives … we began to live with a bit of a theme in our home – “always moving forward.”
Oh, I’m not perfect, as posts here and there at the Cafe will attest, and sometimes I do look back. But in looking forward, our family is free to understand what a blessing our lives, our family, really is. In looking forward, we can look at the whole and realize that life is a journey, and the good must be tempered by the bad in order to create a full path to look back on.
So the more official theme for our family this next year, as we deal with more of the same – new diagnoses, old diagnoses, symptoms too numerous to count – will be to continue moving forward. Always … moving … forward.
How about you?
When you look back on this year, can you see an unofficial theme that you lived by, that you might want to adopt officially?
Are you a special needs family?
Did you have any of your own special needs revelations this year, this past weekend?