Building the mindset of a special needs child.

Im always thinking of ways to serve, this is a topic I hold near and dear to my heart because I lived it. I can say without hesitation that I was a special needs child. For those who are new to my blog, I was born with a cleft lip and palate and was very tiny. Fast forward to my school years, I was bullied, laughed at because the way I looked and talked but I didn’t let that bring me down. I had the mindset of a lion, I wouldn’t give up, I was on a mission. During my school tenure in the 80s I don’t think the educational system knew how to help a special needs kid as myself. I was a extra shy kid so some of the educators took that as having a learning disability. Don’t get me wrong I had certain issues but it wasn’t extreme as some tried to make it. The common thread to my fearless mindset is my family, it really did take a village to positively navigate me through the ups and downs of my childhood. I was lucky to have my great grandparents, and grandparents to pour unconditional love into me and to teach me how to remain calm in certain situations, their life lesson were priceless. My parents were in their early 20s when I was born, I can only imagine the pain they endured taking me to the hospital for multiple surgeries or the many trips to the speech therapist, or the many notes sent home by my teachers explaining my difficulties with certain lessons. Thank God the world has evolved since my school days, there is more data out there to help special needs children plus parents can home school their child as well. As a parent you need to know that you are not alone in this journey, I’ve made it through, things got better as I grew older and my confidence grew. I graduated high school and I’ve been in the workforce for 30 consecutive years! I’m a living witness that it can be done! Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, I really do appreciate you all.

Story time with Boo (Tarzan)

Boo was a energetic kid who defied all odds, but his birth defect didn’t slow him down. From time to time Boo had to stay over to his great grandparents house because his parents worked long shifts. Naturally Boo’s great-grandmother was over protective but Boo wasn’t having it. During the 70s Tarzan was a big show on tv and a lot of kids tried to mimic Tarzan swinging from vine to vine. Long story short, you know Boo had to try swinging from a rope in a tall oak tree and somehow his right ankle got tangled up and he was hanging upside down calling for help. Frantically his grandmother ran to the tree when she heard his cries for help and was able to cut him down. Let’s just say Tarzan was grounded from that day forward, more ways than one…😂