Ode to Those that Climb the Mountains of Disabilities

A granddaughter and a great-grandson graduated from different high schools this weekend.  They each beamed with pride as did I.  It has been a long and arduous journey for both of them.  One suffered the confusion of spoken language that Autism brings and the other the confusion of written language that Dyslexia causes.

They were blessed because they each had caring parents and grand-parents, special teachers and even therapists. But ultimately the challenge was theirs and no one else could do it for them.  They made it because they persevered.

I never was sure that the hours I spent trying to help them made anything easier for them, but it formed a bond for me with them that will always keep them in my heart in a deep tender spot soft from tears unshed and I pray that I will always be in theirs, even when I’m no longer here.

Their journey isn’t over and neither are the challenges they face, but their graduation days mark an accomplishment that few can understand.  Often it has meant struggling with things that seemed simple to others, so their amazing achievements went unnoticed and unsung.  And because their differences set them apart, they often walked alone, unnoticed and unaffirmed.

But those of us that have shared their journey know that while others jumped small hurdles, they climbed mountains to get to the same goals.

We saw and heard the fears, discouragement and frustration they overcame, so we celebrate their achievement as unsung Olympian Medalists in courage, determination and perseverance.

About Eileen

Mother of five, grandmother of nine, great-grandmother of five. 1955 -1959 Rice University in Houston, TX. Taught primary grades; Was Associate Post Director of Religious Education at Ft. Campbell, KY; Consultant on the Myers/Briggs Type Indicator, Was married for 60 years to an Architect in Middle Tennessee.

Posted on May 18, 2015, in Autism, Dyslexia and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Myra Berghane

    Beautifully said. They are blessed to have you in their lives. But as you so beautifully put it, they alone climbed the mountain and they deserve much more than a diploma. Here’s praying the future will bring smaller mountains.


    • Thank you. How goes it? Two graduations back to back about did us in! You had to travel to your also, didn’t you? Loved the photos. Great looking family.


  2. Awesome! I celebrate their courage, determination and perseverance with you. 🙂


  3. Your investment is paying off and the rewards so very rich! Life is full of challenges even without a disability and life doesn’t always provide a safety net much less a support system. The time, energy and heart that you spent will reap a bounty in each life they touch as well. Léa


    • Thanks, Lea. My husband and I and one of our sons are planning a trip to the South of France in September.
      Have you spent any time in that area? If so, any suggestions of places or things we should include.

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