Logan and Rogue – Autism, Special Needs disappear under the Lens
This photo was snapped by Jim during a quiet moment yesterday. He originally took the photo on his phone and the low resolution was not appropriate for sharing here. My awesome friend Richard Jochum on Facebook was able to correct it and helped come up with this version. Thanks Richard (and other friends who helped as well!) — Now Jim and I have a rare picture to enjoy.
Logan Takes a Break and Enjoys the Simple Things
Among my mini-Moodys, Logan is the one least likely to be caught lying still. He rarely slows down, even when he’s sick. To catch him in an unguarded moment like this is rare, and that makes this picture a very special one. In most Logan photos he’s busy playing with something, exploring his world. Here, though, he enjoying the simple things and, for once, his special needs are simply not apparant. In our world of autism and cerebral palsy, epilepsy and more, these moments are cherished.
Rogue is our mix of a mutt who we adopted almost 3 years ago from a neighborhood yard sale. Amazingly, she and our other sweet girl, Reese, seem to sense with Logan has a seizure and just beforehand have been known to protectively stand guard. During his seizures, the girls are right there offering silent support in their way, whining when a seizure is particularly bad. The relationship between dog and boy, in this house, is another cherished thing, and we don’t ever take it for granted.
A Note for You
Do you have a Wordless Wednesday post that is actually wordless? I admit to a weakness here, I’m sure you couldn’t guess, I just can’t avoid saying it with words whenever possible. You’ll forgive me, won’t you?
Until next time, don’t forget to make your own special needs family disappear under the lens sometimes, revealing the very awesome, special family that remains. Our lives are given so much to the stress and crises of the moment, it’s important to enjoy the simple things and remember that special needs don’t make the child, just enhance them!
Also from Kat:Have you read In the Silence yet? It’s an Epilepsy Awareness piece I wrote, playing with a style of writing called a nonfiction literary mosaic. Using a series of ‘snapshots’ I introduce Logan, his seizures, and his love of thread, and show that in this house, and for this mini-Moody, seizures are emotional, scary, stressful, and yet still part of this process of being a special needs parent.