Hi all. I've been sick for about a week, so I don't have a new Explaining Spina Bifida, but I did want to post. Tonight at the university I work at, we had the founder of Operation Beautiful. She has a pretty neat little project going on, that you can check out here.
Anyway, the main point of her project is to end fat talk. But, her message is really to love yourself. To remember that beauty is not an outward thing. It is inside of you.
While listening to the presentation, I just kept thinking about my son. And how, as he grows, his disability may make itself more outwardly obvious. How he might feel different. Or ugly. Or abnormal. On top of all the body issues kids are exposed to, our kids have all of the extra issues that come along with Spina Bifida . . . the braces, wheelchairs, walkers. The shunt and surgeries and therapies.
So, what can we do about it? I'm not entirely sure. But Operation Beautiful is all about knowing that you are perfect . . . you are enough, just as you are. So I am going to do my best to make sure he knows that. With my words. And my actions. Maybe even with post-its.
Our kids may not be normal, but is that really so bad? What is so great about normal? The point is that they are perfect. Just the way they are.