The following is a guest post by this girl named Rachel Pastiloff. Oh yea, she happens to be my sister. She is the mom of the little boy who prompted me to start GAMEYoga.org: Gifts And Miracles Everyday. Free Yoga For Kids With Special Needs.
(by Rachel Pastiloff)
I was recently told a story by a friend of mine about his little brother who has Aspergers’ Syndrome. Everyday when his little brother goes to school the kids say to him, “What’s up Forrest Gump,” “Hey Forrest Gump,” and then the other slurs begin. I cried when I heard this.
What can you do?
Such a small little gesture went such a long way.
How many of you out there have a friend with a child with special needs, or have a family member with special needs? I bet a ton of you answered yes. If you answered yes, then please think about doing this.
- Reach out to your friends or family, send them a message just to say hello.
- Don’t get mad at them if they can’t come to all of your parities or get togethers, sometimes it is just too hard.
- If they seem to disappear sometimes it is not personal, life can be rather tricky for them.
I only ask this of you, always have empathy, always remember that every family looks different. Please don’t judge your friends or family or strangers on how you think they are raising their kids.
PLEASE ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS ONE LAST THING (I said it earlier)
As the parent of a child with special needs we are just trying to get through the day!
Blaise chose you as his Mom since you could give him the compassion he deserves. Thank you for that wonderful tribute to your little guy. You and your sister rock! ‘Almond-day.’
She is awesome, Annie. Thank you for reading !
Thank you so much for this! I have a friend who I used to work with who has a son with special needs. We used to hang out all the time but lately she seems to have disapeared. I was feeling a bit hurt but now I understand. I just shot her an email to let her know I’m thinking of her. =)
I love this Rachel. I know what your life is like thank you for sharing this and letting others in. So many people do not have compassion for others. So many people drop others from their lives if someone has made a mistake. So many people judge others without knowing maybe there is something going on that they can’t control…special needs child. You are great and we love you.
Nicely done Rachel…Nicely done!