I have given up on some dreams in my life. For instance, I used to dream of being “The Fonz” but it turns out I’m really not all that cool. I dreamed of being a male super model / international man of mystery but it turns out I’m not good looking and I’m really not all that mysterious.
I have also seen many of my dreams come true. In June of 2009 one of biggest dreams came true when I held my son for the first time. On that day all my dreams shifted from dreams OF him to dreams FOR him. I dreamed big. I dreamed really big.
Only two months later those big dreams were shattered faster than a window fighting with a little league foul ball. With an SMA diagnosis our dreams changed from years and decades to minutes and months. We no longer dreamed of college, heck we couldn’t even dream of PRE-SCHOOL. (Pre-school is something most take for granted, parents should not have to dream of pre-school.) We dreamed only of the next day and maybe the next milestone like, Christmas, Easter, or Birthdays.
Last Fall we began discussing the possibility of Jadon going to School. We hesitantly allowed our minds to wonder if it could really happen. We allowed ourselves to dream. Maybe, just maybe, he could go to school and learn, have friends, and just be a kid.
This week that dream came true.
JADON WENT TO SCHOOL!!!!!!!!
We have now gone two days. The first was less than stellar as it was all just too much to take in, but our second day was great. Jadon played, laughed, sang, danced, painted, made a paper dog, listened to a book through some cool headphones and he…..was included.
The excitement of school takes a lot out of the little fella but I can see in The Bug’s eyes that he is loving it.
We can not wait to “Dance in the Rain” at school next week. While “Dancing in the Rain” with SMA is hard we can “Never Give Up!” Definitely not on these dreams that mean so much.