This video captures everything I have ever felt about raising a child with special needs. I can't explain how I feel after viewing this video - I can only say that I'm determined to make sure more people see it. If I could create a video for Cecily's Closet it would be this video. EVERY child deserves a chance to succeed. It takes a lot of time, patience, love, support, more patience, heart, soul, dedication and more patience to fight for the little victories that everyone - including me - take for granted every day. It is so easy to get frustrated and even easier to give up. It would be easy to look away or to just settle. But imagine if everyone fought with the same passion.
Can you imagine being trapped inside a body that won't let you communicate. I am quite certain Cecily understands everything we say and do. Her body may fail her but her mind is soaking everything in. I will always believe. Her life matters. She counts. And so do all of these special kids.
I believe in Cecily in the very same way these three Moms believe in thier children - Josh, Colin and Kay. We all want the same things for our kids - health, happiness and a life with possibilities.
You can make a difference. You can believe, too. It starts with a smile and direct eye contact. It continues with treating everyone with respect and appreciation for what they can do. What makes us different makes us special.
I heart this video and I hope you do to.
Onwards and upwards!