Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Autism Housing Pathway fundraiser - March 18th, 2017

We usually hear the world is very small. BUT When it comes to special needs world is huge, we can get lost. Looking for resources, help and education is a task often falls on parents’ shoulder. And all of us struggle to get and do more for our children.
I always feel grateful and admire to the mothers who have done this way longer and more effectively than me. For me they are the pioneer, I look up to them for many things. They are the ones who inspire me to give back to the special need community more, help new families to navigate this world. 
I still remember my dark days (they are not over yet but now they are very few and far between) when things seemed impossible, not knowing what future holds, was the most frightening thing, nothing was working but this group of amazing moms helped me see through the dark times.

Cathy and Cheryl are one of those moms, who inspired, helped many and continue to do so. Their Autism housing pathway helps finding the right housing solution. It was their annual fundraiser and Dancing with the celebrity was the theme.
5 of the respected community member were paired with MIT’s ballroom dancing team. Cheryl’s husband was one of them and I couldn’t let go a chance watching Alex dance :)
The whole show was just full of awesomeness, One of the dancer was a gorgeous police officer of that town. Another one was a brilliant musician with special needs. one was a fighter dad, a director for a non profit and another one assistant principal.
Every year MIT’s ballroom dancing team teaches them and dance with them.
That brilliant MIT team does this year after year. The internationally recognized judges give their time at no cost. I say world is just full of awesomeness, isn't it?
I was in audience watching in awe, not just the dance, the whole energy behind this fundraiser. It wasn’t a crowd of wealthy but the crowd of rich people, people with empathy and compassion. They might not be the millionaire but surely they knew how ot help and support the community of their own.
The organizers, the audience, the MIT team, the artist who displayed their arts everyone was there to fulfill the dream of many of mothers like me – to have a better world for our kids, who only need respect and compassion. Rest will fall into its place on its own.

Friday, March 3, 2017

That missing piece.

I saw the movie Lion last night. The story, the actors, the performance and art direction.. everything was just beyond words.
The movie was all about not knowing what is missing in you and once you realize the quest to find that missing piece.
I thought how close it is to our children. I often think of Anand’s own perception of himself. What does he think, what does he feel or what will make a difference in his life. Does he know what is he missing ? Many a time I hear him talk about people around him, how he misses that social interaction, movies, bike riding all over the town with boys, fun, party or dinner out, girls, not having friends to hangout often. But these are obvious “missing” in his life, he knows these. But what about the not known “missings”? He doesn’t know them yet but will he realize that? “You don’t know what you don’t know” is my favorite line but we keep working to know more, learn more. I cannot imagine my life without this quest but imagining his life without this question is very comfortable for him and me for now.
The movie pulls a string in your mind somewhere and you question everything around you. What is real and what is not. Should we just be happy with what we have or look for those missing dots in life at the risk of losing everything?
A question to ponder upon?