Summer is always a dilemma for me.
There's a lot going on that I could blog about. Lots of things I could take photos of. Lots of fantastic blogs I could submerge myself in.
But I also want my son to have as normal a summer as he can.
The two don't always jive.
I take it as one of my most important responsibilities, as a mom of a special needs kid, to ensure that when summer rolls around that he gets to experience a little of that magical feeling of summer vacation.
That fun, carefree, summer of my memories where the world was my oyster and I was free to do whatever floated my boat that day.
Every kid deserves to have that kind of summer.
The difference is that I'm his arms. I'm his legs. I'm his eyes. There's probably some bodily part I should add in there, but you get the picture.
He is totally dependent on me for everything and it's up to me to make his summer memorable. To float his boat.
Sure, he might be perfectly happy sitting here all day watching Spongebob. Plenty of perfectly able-bodied kids probably spend their school vacation that way nowadays. But that isn't what summer is about.
So I drew my line in the sand this summer and tried not to cross it.
No blogging while he's awake. No checking emails or Facebook until after bedtime. No thinking about fancy camera angles when we're out on a play date.
Sure, I've dangled my toes over that line a few times, but I always drag my little piggies back home where they belong.
I'm not trying to apologize for not blogging as often as usual, just letting you know why. And that it is deliberate. And that it is not permanent (I've had people ask).
I feel very good about this little line of mine. Dilemma resolved.
Glad you are having a great summer with your son! I have all three of my sons home for the summer and have no problem not blogging, life is too short and before I know it they will be back at school!
GOOD FOR YOU (and your son).
Musings from Kim K.
You are one super duper mom. Life and SUMMER is definitely too short. Enjoy every single second of it.
marty (A Stroll Thru Life)
Good for you, you definitely have your priorities straight. Hugs, Marty
Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks
would you please tell me where that covered bridge is located? the hubby & i love traveling to see them all over the USA. thanks. ( :
awesome views. enjoy your weekend.
Good job Mama for acknowledging the important things in life. We could all take a lesson from you:-)
Dawn@ We Call It Junkin.com
Beautifully written, Pam. I hope you and your son continue to have a wonderful summer together. He is lucky to have such a great mom 🙂
Yay for you! Enjoy every minute 🙂
Blogging will always be there when your son in back in school. It's much more important to make these wonderful summer memories for him. Great job, Mom!
dee in Oregon
You're such a good Mom and I'm sure all of us that read your blog totally understand and suport you all the way!!
You're a great mother! An inspiration for others. I was out and about yesterday and I see mothers leading kids and pregnant and totally engrossed in their cell phone conversation. I ask myself why they are having more kids if they can't get off the phone and spend time with the ones they have.
Being a MOM comes first - always! I blog while my son is reading. He is a book freak. Your son requires more than mine, but really wanting to be with your child is the WORLD! Fancy camera angles and emails can wait. Your child can't! (Anyone's child......)
I'll bet there are a lot of kids out there who wish they had a mom as awesome as you! You go girl!
Meanwhile, I'm feeling really guilty because I was a half hour late picking up my dog from the vet because I was so busy playing on the internet. Bad mom, me!
-Lois in SWPA
Twyla and Lindsey
Time spent with your kids are the greatest! Especially when the scenery is so pretty! I LOVE covered bridges and would love to know where this one is:). Have a nice weekend! Twyla
Proud of your decision to have a great summer. Have to make "memories" when ever possible. 🙂
You're such a great mom. Way to stick to a plan!!! xo
I am so happy that you are doing exactly what you are called to do. Summer is so brief and life so short that it is best to enjoy every moment of it you can. Your son benefits more than he will ever know. You are a GREAT Mom and I applaud you for selflessly giving of yourself...xo Diana
You're a rockin' mama.
Good for you. You have a tough job. It's not easy being a special needs mom. I was one as well but mine was mobile and always in some kind of trouble. Pat yourself on the back.