Friday, July 08, 2005

Wanted to share!

I found this poem on a forum I belong to for children with Special Needs......I just wanted to share!

Welcome to My Home....I think
by: Sharon Burleson, Clarksburg, WV
Welcome to my home. I think, I mean, maybe your welcome. I'm not sure yet.
When I get to know you, I'll know for sure. My child is disabled, and I need help to do all the things he needs done.
So I need you. He needs you too, because he gets worn out and bored with me, and sometimes he dislikes me about as much as I sometimes dislike him (please don't start making judgments about me -- we just got started. It's just that I'm honest, and as much as he is the sole reason for my existence, there are times when both of us wear thin).
Your agency sent you here. I called for help, but I don't get a choice who comes into my home and my life. You come at your convenience, usually between 9am and 3pm Monday thru Friday. I'm on my own evenings and weekends, when my other children tug at me, and want, and feel slighted, and offended, and I feel stretched to my limit.
You call and tell me your coming Tuesday morning, so I put the stack of unanswered mail, and the unpaid bills in the cabinet with the cereal bowls, race dirty and clean clothes up and down the stairs, shove toys and unmated shoes in closets and under beds, and run the gauntlet with 'Fantastic' to get fingerprints off everything. And then you call, and tell me you have to cancel, because of a meeting.
Oh, sure I understand, yes that's fine, Friday afternoon? Well, I was going to try to go to the library and maybe take a nap.......What? Oh, that's the only one you have? Well sure, I know it's important that you come. And we really need help. Fine....Friday at 1.30......We'll be here.
My husband resents people coming in and out of our home. He says he feels like he is living in a goldfish bowl. He says getting help means sacrificing our privacy and spontaneity. He can't scratch his stomach as he walks down the hall in his shorts anymore. Now he has to have clothes on, and suck in his gut, and put on company manners. And he hates it after you leave, because sometimes I cry, because I feel inadequate, and stupid, and foolish, and just plain wrong.
Sometimes you make me feel that way, when you act suspicious of what goes on when your not here, and try to trip me up, when we're talking, to find out if I'm doing the goals and objectives, or if I'm just taking the money and fudging the paperwork. Sometimes it's nothing you say or do, it's just that your perfectness unsettles my motherness. Sometimes when you are great I feel threatended, and because of others who came before you, I feel judged, and talked about, and as though you have met with others, and have developed a plan to implement on me.
I can't always tell when you're real, but my son can. So I watch him. If he responds and welcomes you, then I set aside my needs and cares, and let you have everything I have....including my son. I have to trust you, because he trusts you, and looks forward to your step on the porch.
What? Oh, good grief! I forgot your paperwork again! Wait,
I know it was here somewhere. I was working on it last week, just after the hot water heater burst, and right before my husband came home laid off.
Wait.....I think I wrote on the back when the bank called about the deposit to cover the overdraft. Yeah! I found them! Right behind the peanut butter, wait..... I'll just wipe them off a bit.
You know I used to be normal. I used to have control over my life, my time, my home. Having a disabled child turned my life upside down.
My priorities changed, what I would settle for changed, what I would ask for changed, who I would accept changed. All that changed because my child needs things, and people and idea's, and funding. So my life consists of meetings, regulations, documentation and paperwork, social workers and agency people. Policies and procedure mauals, and administrative decisions, delays and rumours of delays in checks. People not showing up when needed, people quitting and people showing up when they're not needed.
Please, don't judge me, and I'll try not to judge you.
You see in the long run, if I don't measure up, I am still his mother. So we're stuck with each other, and I'm willing to make the best of it. Help me to grow, help me to become better.
Accept me as a person, not the perfect saint.
I really DO know my child better than anyone else, so help me express that and put it to best use.
Walk with me a ways, not to judge me, but to understand my role within the heart of my family. Give me tools and words, and people, that like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle, interlock to allow for my strengths and compensate for my shortcomings.
Please don't push me past my endurance, because if you do, you'll see me at my worst; short-tempered, impatient, inflexible, and emotional. I'm no good to my son then, either. Each one of us has that fine line.
I try to recognise when I'm approaching my line, and usually that's when I'm most cranky and complaining to you. Please realize that one facet of me is the tired bitch, just as real and acceptable as the superwoman who overcomes unbelievable obstacles.
There are sunny days and then there are thunderstorms..... all part of a temperate climate.
Well, anyway, hi. Welcome to my home. I think

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