Food For Thought

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Food For Thought – June 16, 2014 Edition

My Parents are Dead and my Sister is Disabled – This is a powerful piece that showcases how unhelpful paperwork can be and how the lack of resources can effect a family.

Also, there’s a bunch of people working in taxpayer-funded positions who are supposed to help families like us, but don’t. (Big surprise, I know.) They just fill out paperwork (whenever they feel like it) with asinine statements like this: imageYUP. I transport my sister down the stairs in her wheelchair, because that is not only safe, but TOTALLY PRACTICAL. Why doesn’t everyone in a wheelchair just take the stairs, for God’s sake? Stop being so lazy, PEOPLE WITHOUT WORKING LEGS!

If Healthy Pregnancies were Treated like Special Needs Pregnancies – A thought provoking piece about at-risk pregnancies being heralded as doomsday.

Your baby will be born, unless you suffer a miscarriage or stillbirth. After his birth, he will live, and then he will die. He will live until he dies. I’m sorry to say that life is terminal. The fatality rate for human beings is 100 percent. If he survives past birth, you’d just be living on borrowed time.

An Open Letter To Parents from Your Kids Camp Counselors – I wrote a letter to the counselors specifically at the Hole in the Wall Gang camp where I have been a camp counselor and Aidan and Liam have been campers. The fabulous Beth Woolsey published it on her blog with a response from some camp counselors she spoke to.

We’re here because there’s no place we’d rather be this summer than with your kids. We’re here because we LOVE this. We train for this. We live for this. We work for it. We’re exhausted by it. We’re energized by it. Because we understand your kids are worth it. Every bit. Deeply, deeply worth our time and our interest and our effort… and our prayers and our hopes, too. Even now, even before we’ve met them, in these weeks we use to prepare for their arrival.

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3 thoughts on “Food For Thought

  1. Sobbing at 8:30AM – always love your letter to camp counselors and now “their” response. Amazing! You start incredible conversations Heather.

  2. Dear Heather,

    Thank you so much for writing. I miss you. I was wondering if we could talk tomorrow about these different pieces. Also, if I might be able to send your camp letter to 100 friends toward the end of June? I’d like to include some old camp photos, what do you think?

    Also, is there a chance Liam might consider writing a piece for my class & blog on Spirituality & “holy listening” relating to his brother?

    In living with & loving his brother all these many years….where does he hear God’s voice?

    It would be so beautiful to add photos from his wee years until now…with current photos of the two together.

    You are a great Mom.

    I love you,
    Shivaun

  3. Oh please do share the camp letter with old photos. I love the idea of parents and counselors working as a team. Call me about the rest. I have two more childfree days before “summer.”

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