Trying to escape my long to-do list that wasn't getting done and feeling quite overwhelmed by life, I sat down at the computer earlier this evening. A friend had sent me an email asking me some questions about what it was like to parent a child with limb differences. A little boy had captured her heart, and she wanted some input from me. He is three years old, from China, and was born with only the top part of his arms. He also has some major leg discrepancy issues. This was one of the sweetest, most beautiful boys I have ever seen. Sophi walked in while his video was on and exclaimed, "What?! I have another friend! He is like Sophi!" She was so enamoured with him and loved watching his sweet videos.
After the videos ended, she asked why he couldn't walk without a walker. I told her that his legs didn't work quite right. Then she turned to me and said in the most expressive little voice, "Awwww! He's so sad." Thinking she was referring to his special needs, I asked, "Why is he so sad?"
Her reply, "Because he wants a mommy."
Be still my heart.
After a moment, she brightened up and said, "But I not sad! Because I have a mommy!" The conviction and the smile with which she said it reminded me that my long to-do list simply didn't matter.
She has a mommy.
PS If you'd like, you can head on over to This Little Miggy to read a bit about our family.
It's in two sections, PART 1 and PART 2.