Onward And Upward

August 28, 2013 with 6 Comments
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My kid is happy.  Let me rephrase that…  My kid started school a few weeks ago AND he’s happy.  No more anxiety, no stomach aches, no fear, no sadness, no worries.  Just a carefree (and did I mention happy?) nine year old boy who loves school again.  Finally.  Our family is in such a good place right now, I could weep with joy.

Last year was rough.  I want to stuff it all deep into a dusty cardboard box, duct tape the hell out of it and throw it onto our fire pit.  Burn baby burn.  Onward and upward, right?

I am thankful that this year, Jackson is surrounded by people who care about his health and his social and emotional well being.  I know, pretty simple right?  Here’s the thing, kids aren’t stupid.  When people don’t CARE about them, they don’t feel CARED for.  They feel less than and hurt and nervous and worried and anxious and alone.  Do you know what this can do to a child? Do you know how lonely the world can seem when people just don’t give. a. shit?

So do me favor?  Give a shit.  Go OUT OF YOUR WAY to look for those kiddos who need a little extra something… A smile.  A hug.  Attention.  Patience.  Advocacy.  And give it, whatever it is with a heart wide open.  Because it’s the right thing to do.

Thank you to everyone who gives a shit about our family.  Thank you for your kindness.  Thank you for your emails and messages and phone calls.  Thank you for your friendship and support.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Posted by Vicki at 4:37 pm | Permalink | Comments (6)
Filed under: family, food sensitivities, kids


  • Momo

    *standing ovation*

  • Phebe

    Me, me!! I give MORE than a sh*t about your family – I love you guys!! I’m so happy for Jackson. That sweet boy deserves to have the happiest and healthiest year ever!

  • Kris

    Thank you Mama! So happy for all of you. You always give me something to think about. I’ve bee struggling with my parenting skills lately and I find comfort in your words.

  • Rebecca

    It’s sickening that your family was subjected to such cruelty by people who have supposedly committed themselves to the well-being of children. It still feels absurd. But what is the saying? Don’t let the bastards get you down. And that is exactly what you have done. Jackson is resilient, BECAUSE he has such loving and supportive parents. By sharing your experience, let’s hope that this kind of prejudice never happens again.

  • Rebecca

    Even now, there are still people out there, who, naively think that kids with food allergies just need to “toughen up.” What an outdated and uneducated paradigm! They don’t understand the emotional trauma of not fitting in, not being like other kids, the possible eating disorders that can result from such behavior. Would these same people treat an autistic child with such malice? Or a child in a wheel chair? I doubt it. I witnessed a birthday celebration last year in my son’s school, where the child’s parents sent cookies from the Goodie Shop. The kids were thrilled!! They all sat at their tables eating away, except for one little boy, who sat with his gluten free cookie, looking uncomfortable, while his buddies all innocently said how sorry they were. They wished he could have the delicious cookies they were eating. They didn’t mean to be mean, but they were taunting him. “I bet you wish you could eat one of these, they’re awesome!” “Why are you eating that OTHER cookie?” I’m not so sure an adult could have handled that kind of exclusion, but we expect little children to? Because eating shitty food is more important than a child’s feelings?

    • Vicki

      It’s a control issue for people. They don’t want to be told what to do. So yes, their “right” to eat shitty food is more important than a child’s feelings. Ignorant and uneducated. You just have to laugh, move on and advocate. And I won’t stop. Ever.

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