We’ve all heard it; many of us have said it. "There is nothing I wouldn't do for my baby."
From day one we have endured sleepless nights, sacrificed our bodies, our time and our emotion for our children.
And what if your child was born with a variety of special needs? Would you wake up multiple times a night to turn your child with cerebral palsy so they don’t get bed sores? Would you defend your child with Autism during a meltdown in public? Would you quit your job, sacrifice travel and time with friends to become a life-long caretaker?
You would, and you could. I see it daily—mothers who have sacrificed careers, sleep for years, date nights, friendships—all for the well-being of their child. They spend weeks at the hospital during surgeries. They are lifelong packers of diaper bags. They endure unexplainable behaviors. They remain proud despite frequent stares.
Why? How? Sometimes, I look at them and I have no idea. They are gracious moms with grit, passionately and quietly serving a life-long support position. They are unsung heroes.
I remember calling my mom at age 19 and telling her I was taking over a non-profit. (Other than the reassurance that I would not be dropping out of school), from that moment on my mom has done whatever it takes to help me, and ESP, be successful. Most notable, when we needed a nurse my first summer as Camp Director- she stepped up to the plate. And after 13 years, she has donated hundreds of hours as “Nurse Dovie”—dolling out medication, nursing seizures and nurturing HS disease (homesickness!). And as if that wasn’t enough, this Mother’s Day weekend, my 63-year-old Momma is traveling 10,000 feet in the air with me to jump out of an airplane. A definite mark of a mother’s love. Nothing she wouldn’t do! She is doing it to help offset the costs of those unsung heroes… fellow mothers who are spending their life caring for children with special needs.
You may not want to jump out of a plane on Saturday, but you can still do something. We are still in need of volunteers for the Big Jump event. I would love to invite you to serve with or in honor of your beloved mom.
If you aren’t able to come, this mother-daughter team would love your support. Jumping out of an airplane is the least we can do to support the moms of ESP. We are still shy of our goal.
Whether your child is typical or has special needs, motherhood is the most difficult job one can choose. But (on most days) we don’t see it as sacrifice. It is all a part of the deep, fearless, unexplained beauty of motherhood.
The mothership herself said it best… “A life not lived for others is not a life at all”. Mom’s- every face wiped, discipline given, diaper changed, boo-boo nursed, night awake, worried moment, cheer from the sidelines…. we are living a life worth living.
See you Saturday! I’ll be waving from above!