ASometimes in life we must take pause to just 'be' as well to accept what has been therefore what now is.
We are taught in every pre-flight drill to put on our own oxygen mask before assisting our children or others. This is not only necessary but true for all which befalls us in life.
Recently finding 'all' a little much I thought maybe a Facebook break might help slow life down. Yet within 12 hours of having temporarily deactivated my page I received a text from a Winnipeg allergy mom asking mt to please let her know if I was I ok. Unbeknownst to me my allergy mama's, the best and truest network of women ever, had sounded the alarm having noted my absence. This as I call it APB - 'Allergy Parent Broadcast' found it's way to my mama bears in all corners of the USA, across Canada reaching my also allergy mom and 1st cousin in Sydney, Australia. My heart welled as did my eyes with tears realizing that these women (and men) are as I have always known not just persons on a page, but true friends. Facebook for myself I realized does not have a wall, but as I shared with my mama's after reopening my page, it is more of a bridge. <3
I have written in previous blog posts about having what seems to be too many hats in life to wear yet the truth is, there are more hats topped upon those but their teetering presence I seldom or never speak of. What I wish to share now is something I wrote, it is not autism nor allergy related, all this falls into my hat as 'mom', what I wrote about is my life as 'Michelle'.
A piece about another part of who I am. I always knew I would write it, I just needed to wait for the time I was ready to do so, when the words came to me, they did so in one sitting. As a 'survivor' the road has not always been clear, it has been through the gift of time as well from the love of others the words (below) which my heart bled onto paper would for myself ensue from a cathartic release.
I have incredible friends surrounding and supporting me, they also remind me they ARE there even when I might forget. What I hope now is by sharing these words spoken from my heart others too may feel the same support needed to find their own wings... to fly!
HER WINGS TO FLY
Michelle began writing in hopes of providing a fun yet informative manner in which to share allergy information. Her son Nolan since infancy has had eczema, asthma, multiple anaphylactic food allergies as well as multiple environmental allergies. Michelle's son also has autism, ADHD and a severe language delay. Michelle sees not disabilities but celebrates different abilities and sees the beauty found in thinking outside the box!
Jennifer Terry is a graphic designer/illustrator living in Denver, Colorado, USA. Her daughter, Lauren, is a middle school student, active in musical theatre, who also happens to have anaphylactic food allergies.
Inspired by Lauren Jennifer shares her whimsical art on the pages of these books, in an effort to help make learning about food allergies fun for children, parents, teachers and caregivers.