There is truly nothing more endearing than having others fall completely in love with your children and treat them with as much love, compassion and respect as you do.
The lovely Shell of Things I Can’t Say is here today sharing a poignant letter of gratitude to her son’s Occupational Therapists.
Dear Bear’s OT girls (aka his Occupational Therapists),
You have no idea what it means to have my son excited about coming to see you. He calls Occupational Therapy “my play place.”
You make it fun for him. You help him. And you all love him.
My Bear has the sweetest heart. He really does. But, often, others don’t see it. They see his struggles. They see the things he does that are “bad.” They see him as a difficult child.
But, you don’t.
You greet him with a big smile.
You thank him for being such a good helper when he reassures a crying child in the waiting room that “Don’t worry, this is so much fun. Don’t cry. Go have fun with the girls.”
You give him choices and laugh right along with him when he squeals with joy.
You let him sit in your lap and stroke your hair. He loves playing with hair. It’s soothed him since he was a baby. And you never pull away from his touch.
You run your fingers through his hair and rub his back and make him feel safe.
You understand when he has a rough moment and never scold. You gently pull him back to what he should be doing.
You encourage him and make him feel like he’s doing a great job.
You never get frustrated with him.
When I share the struggles he has been having, you nod knowingly, letting me know that what he is going through is completely normal and that you have strategies to help.
You give me hope that things won’t always be so freaking hard.
You don’t judge him or me for what he is going through. You only focus on what can be done to help. That kind of acceptance brings tears to my eyes.
I wish I could scoop one of you up and have you spend the day with Bear at school. I wonder how differently his day would go if he had such encouragement and individual attention all day long.
But, we have to share you with the other kids who need you.
I’m sure there are days when you are tired or deal with kids who give you a hard time, but you don’t let it show.
I’m just glad that you are there for Bear, to help him at his “play place.” I understand that this is your job and you could say that you are only doing your job. But, I know differently. I know that you don’t have to care so much.
That caring? Is making all the difference in the world to my Bear.
For that, I cannot thank you enough.