Have you ever ordered something out of a catalog only to be surprised at how different it looks in person?
Or tried on the cutest shirt on the hanger that didn’t look quite the way you thought it would?
Or ordered a dish off a menu based on it’s description only to find the taste wasn’t quiet as you had imagined?
You aren’t alone… I’ve felt that feeling more times than I care to count!
My son is three years old. He is currently unable to use words to communicate. To say it’s a challenge, well, that’s an understatement. And, if I said it didn’t break my heart some days, that would be a lie. When I was pregnant with him… and I felt his kicks and flutters as he struggled to fit in my belly, I imagined what it would be like to hear my little boy say “mom” or “momma” as he reached for me, or “I love you” as he snuggled in for me to rock him to sleep. But, that is not our reality. However, with the help of some amazing therapists and the world of google, we have found a way for our son to ‘talk’ to us. We are currently working on a communication system knows as PEC’s. It’s a system that allows him to communicate his wants and needs with images. It’s not the way I envisioned him asking for a drink, or telling me he loves me. But that moment when he shows me a picture and I answer his want with the right item instead of frustrating us both trying to guess what he means with his own version of speech, well, that moment is exhilarating and heartwarming.
Now, are you sitting there, wondering what in the world this has to do with Discovering Your Spark? It’s that moment when you realize that you are doing what you always wanted to do, in my case, communicating with my son, it just looks a little different than you thought it would.
There have been moments in my life where I questioned my why,
questioned my passion,
questioned my purpose…
but as I look at my answer to all of these, I realize I am doing exactly what I want to be doing,
it just looks a bit different than I thought it would all those years ago thumbing through my magazines imagining my future!
AFI’s 2017 Military Spouse of the Year