Monday, May 2, 2011
So much they have shared over the last 18 years and yet their differences are so vast. Going through the motions of a graduation ceremony seems at times to feel like patronizing...a little odd. They are not graduating and yet they have worked just as hard as their classmates. Their classmates will be going off to college, making a career and a life for themselves. McKenna and Aaron lives will remain very much the same as they are now. Life is the challenge...everything about it. The simple things for some are the mountains to climb for our kids. How do I stop referring to them as kids when they are adults now...and yet they are so far from what we think of as adults.
We are planning an open house. It is a celebration of life. For them, there won't be a wedding, a promotion, a college orientation to attend..no other grand celebrations to honor them for their accomplishments. There will be much to celebrate..they are just beginning their future as well. But, the celebrations are different... So this graduation party is going to be a celebration. There graduation party is going to honor them...not only for what they have accomplished but for who they are and who they have become. And through my moments of bittersweet joy, I want to celebrate them in a big way. They deserve it more than any one I know. The struggles they have faced, the tough stuff they have endured...the friends they have made..the hearts they have touched, the beauty they bring into this world.
So, my dear McKenna and sweet Aaron, I am so thankful that God has given you unique and perfectly designed gifts and talents...and disabilities. You are vessels that allow God to shine through to brighten this world and draw others to what you have...faith in a God who does not care about our affluence or our strength. A world that gets so lost in the outward appearance, independence, and success of the individual. We will celebrate with you because of who God made you to be. By just being, He is using both of you to draw others nearer to Him. There is so much to learn about weakness and true strength. God is your strength and neither of you ever question that or fight it...you recognize that God is God and you are not. Oh, we have so much to learn from your simple, unshakable faith.
You are gift, my Aaron and McKenna...and we will honor you.
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