Spiritual reflections, family, home educating typical and special needs children ~
Dedicated to: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Unborn.
"Rejoice in hope, persevere in tribulations, be constant in prayer." Romans 12:12
Certe bonum certanem! Fight the good fight!
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Photocopy c. 2013 Jamie Laubacher
Sunday, April 01, 2012
Palm Sunday: a Mother at the foot of the cross
Some days.(in a negative tone) And beautiful Palm Sunday ...in all it's glorious beauty (in a sighing uplifting tone). Still....my heart is hurt today, hurt for my son with autism although he isn't affected at all. Only his mother who sees through mother's eyes at how the other children laugh at him, exchange whispers and sneers over his sometimes odd behavior. Such was the case this morning at Sunday school classes during music time. Mark was the only one out of his 2nd grade class to stand up alongside me during music leading to do hand motions for a special song the class is learning. The other grades were present, up through 5th grade, and many of the kids that weren't fully participating were spending their time sneering and laughing over Mark's hand motions. It broke my heart and there was little I could do playing guitar and leading at the same time. In between songs I mentioned that ____such and such class needed to be a good example to the other younger students...but in the end, I spoke with a teacher of a certain class about their behavior during music. She was not aware of her class as she was doing something else at the time -- not her fault, the children should be acting in a Christian manner all the time. That seems to be a message that could use being Shouted from the rooftops often...over and over.
It just reminds me how much Mark needs help, protection, respect. Some days his autism seems unnoticeable, other days it is highly detectable and blatantly obvious. This was one such day.