by Jennifer Dyer
This morning I attended a Veteran’s Day program at Rachel’s school. I expected Rachel to last maybe five minutes before she became disruptive or upset about the change in her routine.
She sat through the entire program. She stayed mostly quiet. She remained in her assigned spot. She even waved her streamer at approximately the correct moment. Two girls from the mainstream classes sat on either side of her and helped her stay quiet or showed her when to move.
My throat got tight and my eyes filled with tears.
How blessed we are to live in a country where we have such freedoms! Throughout history, those with special needs were considered a burden, a blight, something to be put away.
But not here in the United States of America.
We live in a compassionate society that goes beyond caring for the marginalized. We have an education system to help those who don’t fit into the typical mold. We have people willing to give their time to make life better and even amazing for those who cannot help themselves. Our children are willing to offer a helping hand to those in need.
If it weren’t for the soldiers and families who gave their lives to fight for this freedom and to continue to protect it, Rachel would not be where she is today.
Rachel is blessed. We are blessed.
Thank you for your service. I can never express how much it means to us.