Health care is a basic human right, not a privilege. For some reason, we’ve allowed ourselves as Americans to be fooled into accepting that one must be blessed with “means” to actuate appropriate health care. As a nation we have failed to realize that our health care system is a barometer of our society’s value for human life.

-Me

Friday, November 09, 2007

A Different Focus

I wrote two lists of adjectives that reference my pumpkin and peanut. Can you tell which list is for which child?

Energetic, Amazing, Smiling, Fun, Spirited, Technical, Logical, Circuited, Literal, Sly

Persistent, Amazing, Shining, Bouncy, Opinionated, Vocal, Caring, Loves Animals, Imaginative, Direct

My children are the recipients of a ton of regulated programming that is individually tailored to their needs and offered by the school district, county, and private health care providers. All of this programming focuses on their deficits.

I took the time and energy today to focus only on Sandis' & Gracie’s attributes. These are the attributes that make my children the individuals that they are. I hope to add to this list as they grow older. I also intend to share this list with them, and often. Because really, how could a technical, logical, sly, smiling, and energetic person have any problem not realizing his/her dreams? On that same note I foresee that an imaginative, opinionated, caring, direct, and persistent individual can create a lot of positive change in whatever endeavor he/she chooses.

Lastly, I would like to point out that both children received the adjective “amazing” in their list. I unintentionally chose this word for both children while attempting to choose different words for each child.

Amazing how that works eh?

4 comments:

Colleen said...

They're both amazing because they have an amazing mom.

Anonymous said...

I love anything that's works from a strengths perspective (rather than a deficit perspective). Kudos to you fabulous mother!

BTW, did you read the book Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime?

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Bethany said...

Er, hi!

Lilituc sent me here - I know her from Livejournal. I have Type 1 diabetes (for the past 15 months) and cerebral palsy (for 31 years, apparently, although diagnosed as an adult) and am a pediatrics resident planning to work with kids with autism someday. She seemed to think we might have something in common. . .

I haven't a blog acct but my livejournal is Nightengalesknd and I do have some unlocked posts. And I'm on gmail with that same username.

KC's Blog said...

Energetic, Amazing, Smiling, Fun, Spirited, Technical, Logical, Circuited, Literal, Sly- is this Sandis?
Persistent, Amazing, Shining, Bouncy, Opinionated, Vocal, Caring, Loves Animals, Imaginative, Direct- is this Gracie?
Your children are adorable, all the words could desribe them both :) I agree with Colleen, they have an amazing Mom!