“Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit. There’s footprints on the moon.” ~Paul Brandt
As the sun filtered through the trees and danced on our backs in the Saturday afternoon light, I could feel the soft blanket beneath my hands. Q, E and I sat outside blowing bubbles. The clear circles of light and air floated around their heads silently dancing and beckoning smiles and giggles.
It was mid-afternoon and it was quickly approaching snack time, and as I have hundreds of times, I reached for their juice pouch.
It was one simple moment that brought extreme clarity. As if jumping off the pouch, this quote grabbed my heart and buried itself in that place that connects your soul to your brain, it’s the place where epiphanies happen.
The air rushed out of my lungs and the visions of last week crystallized in my mind. The Preschool transition time was for me. 3 hours for 3 days sitting in the classroom was not so much so that Q and E could transition, but it really had been for me, so that I might transition mentally and emotionally on multiple levels.
On that Thursday, the final day, sitting there outside on the playgound letting the sun wash over me as I tried to rid myself of the chill from the cool breeze, it was me that broke through. I had gone into that Monday thinking the sky’s the limit, but on Thursday I realized there are footprints on the moon.
On that Thursday, ‘Little Miss’ ran up to me to smile brightly and say “Hi!.” She giggled as I said “Hi, little miss!” I returned her giant smile as she quietly lingered around me. Not too close but not too far. She brightened up our little corner of the playground. My eyes drifted to E on the swing who was going higher and higher and starting to giggle hysterically. Q ran toward me to reassure us both that I was still there and once eye contact was made promptly turned around to say “Ehhh-maaa” and pointed at her as her laughter rang through the playground. My eyes filled with tears and my heart smiled. We were meant to be here. I turned back to watch ‘Little Miss’ as she bounced around near me. ‘Little Miss’ has beautiful brown hair just pulled back into a small ponytail at the nape of her neck, the sweetest face and voice like a fairy princess. She has Down Syndrome and she sparkles. On that last day there, I was only seeing her as a little girl, a bright sparkly little girl. So much had changed in just 3 short days….
Despite my best efforts, Monday had rocked my world. I thought I was in touch with our scenario, that I had embraced that we were special needs, but the truth is I hadn’t really, I was still coming from the place of what wasn’t quite right and where we needed to go. But yet, my new little friends had showed me a whole new way to look at things. What are we good at? What do we offer? A bright smile, a gentle outstretched hand, complete acceptance, the ability to imagine and play and an attitude that they will be the next to put their footsteps on the moon.
I felt like the “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” I had been living in a cocoon. What I thought was normal, what I thought I knew, these things were not to be the future of our journey. I had to have those 3 days for a metamorphosis so that I could see clearly who was riding on our rocket ship with us. To know that we would all bypass the stars and head to the moon with all of our new friends.
Coming from a place of strength is a beautiful thing. Not just to think you know it, but to feel it. Feel what you can do, what you like to do, what you are good at and start there. We all have things we are good at and those that we aren’t so good at. Recently, I wrote a post that talked about what I wasn’t so good at, and that awareness has it’s benefits but now, today with all our new little friends in my heart I think about what I am good at and what my minis are good at, and what my KSP is good at. Not to focus on what we need to work on, but rather where we build from, the strength of our foundation.
I wish you all your true recognition of what you are good at today and also those around you. Whether it’s family, parenting, career, a hobby, being a friend, whatever it is, feel the moment in your heart and be happy you are this way and if you are so inclined tell those you love what they are good at too. For you and them, you can be happy you had this moment and let that moment make it ‘yournewfavoriteday.’ We will see you on the moon:)
What are you good at? Please share, I love to hear what you have to say as it always inspires me!
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