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#visionariesaremade - Mother's Day 2017 / page 8

May 2017

Visionaries are not born; they're made.

What makes someone a visionary? Perhaps it's the ability to see possibility where others do not.

Elaine, Cassy, and Miranda

Studio photo of Elaine, Cassy and Miranda
Photo by Cecilia and Jacob Lee

Miranda: I love my mom. She's nice, I love her a lot. And sometimes we fight. Sometimes my mom back-talks to me!

Cassy: My mom is a hard worker. She takes care of us. She had us pretty young, and she had the instincts to do what was best for Miranda, and not just listen to people.

Elaine: I have two amazing daughters; independent with strong opinions about what they want – what's right and wrong. Miranda's very opinionated I'm proud that they both speak their mind when they see something that isn't right. I was always told by the school that Miranda was politely defiant when she didn't want to follow the rules.

Miranda: I take care of you guys.

Elaine: We don't let anyone make us feel bad about ourselves. We never really talk about disability. It was never the focus. We have expectations. Miranda was never allowed to say she couldn't do something, unless she really, really couldn't.

When I put her on the school bus, they thought I was a terrible mom. They said Miranda would be teased. You have to get used to it. You have to learn how to deal with things in your own way. It's important that they form who they are supposed to be.




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