I've been writing monthly at Hopeful Parents since the website first started, but for the past two months, the 21st has come and gone and -- well -- I've forgotten to come. It's early evening here on the west coast and probably fairly late into the evening for most of the readers who come here, but I'm not going to miss my day.
I have a project that I'm working on that involves all of you. A while back, a video went the viral rounds on YouTube. It's called Reflections of Parenting and along with some moving music, shows a series of mothers holding up simple signs with words of parenting advice, words that they wish they had heard or known before they became mothers for the first time. The video is moving in its simplicity and I imagine that nearly all parents can identify with many of the sentiments, as well as the weary smiles and straight-forward advice.
My idea is to produce something similar to this but for those of us who parent children and adults with special needs. I think such a video would be, not only supportive and moving to our community but inspirational to nearly everyone. I hope you'll be honest -- if it's not something particularly cheerful, if it's something downright morbid, if it's black-humored, that's all right. In fact, it will make the video richer.
This is what I want you to do. Please send send a photo of yourself holding a poster on which you've answered the following question:
What would I say to the parent I was the day before my child was diagnosed with his or her disorder or the day before I knew?
Please send your photos to my email: elsophie AT gmail DOT com.
I can't wait to hear from you all!
When she isn't missing her deadline to write here on the 21st of each month, Elizabeth posts at a moon, worn as if it had been a shell.