“How was the walk?”
“It was great. HUGE turnout. Like more than 20,000 people. And over $1 million was raised!”
“Wow! How far did you walk?”
“Um… well, um… Actually, um, w… we, uh, never made it onto the track.”
But we walked…. From the parking lot…
to the track…
And we ran… After Rhema.
The Greater Boston Autism Speaks Walk was held Sunday at Suffolk Downs racetrack. It was a cold day, but a glorious event. Brandon could not attend because he had to work (the good old Army), but my twin and her husband came to help me manage my two little walkers. I was heartened and amazed to see so many people come out in support of autism awareness and research.
Rhema was amazed, too, by one thing. The inflatable bouncy house.
Every time we inched a little closer to the racetrack, the little darling would bolt from the stroller and make a bee line to the bouncy house. We let her jump. We loaded her back in the stroller. She escaped. We let her jump. We loaded her back in the stroller. She escaped…
Perhaps one of the greatest gifts that has come as a result of Rhema’s challenges is the way people have showered us with blessings. It’s been said that when you have a child with disabilities, you meet a whole new class of people. I know it’s true. ~Take Rhema’s home ABA therapist. She knew that Rhema could not play with play-doh because of the gluten it contained, so she went out of her way to find a gluten-free recipe and made play-doh for Rhema out of rice flour. ~Rhema’s teachers at school often put up with tantrums, bites, pinches, scratches, and messes and they LOVE her every minute of the day. ~A thoughtful friend I only recently met at church buys me books on autism… just to be helpful… and she calls me and encourages me. ~When our health insurance did not cover a speech therapy visit, our speech therapist told us she’d rather come over for dinner than be paid. ~There are bloggy mamas out there whom I’ve never met in person who continually pray for my Rhema and our family. We are blessed indeed.
The Walk reminded me, yet again, that we do not walk alone.
As we were leaving, the director of Rhema’s school called out, “Thanks for being here!”
No. THANK YOU.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thess 5:11 (NIV)
When we learn the generosity which without calculation helps men in the simplest things, we too will know the joy of helping Jesus Christ himself. —Barclay’s Daily Study Bible