Monday, July 12, 2010
Our son’s Cub Scout pack went to a AAA baseball game this weekend. In addition to watching the game, an honor guard from our pack was selected to present the flags for the national anthem. Having been the only Scout in the group who has served as part of the honor guard for an event this huge (8000 people is a LOT for elementary school kids), our son was selected to carry the American flag. So I got to be a proud momma when he walked out to centerfield leading the way!
I know, what parent wouldn’t be proud? But what makes me want to shout for joy is that this is a young man with severe (per his neurologist) ADHD as well as some other challenges that made the flag ceremony more difficult for him than for others. So it took everything within him to stand straight and tall and hold the flag steady during the music (and not jump during the fireworks in the middle of the song), making this a big deal for him and for us.
When your kids have special needs, you learn to celebrate even something that seems small–because for them, it wasn’t small. So if we can learn to do that for the kids, why can’t we learn to do that for ourselves? Perhaps I need to learn to appreciate even the smallest of my own accomplishments the same way I do for the kids. Even a step in the right direction is better than not moving anywhere at all! So perhaps I’ll start right now, and celebrate that I logged in to Spark People, tracked nutrition and exercise (so far), blogged, huddled and so on.
What will you do to celebrate your accomplishments today?
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