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#visionariesaremade - Mother's Day 2017 / page 10

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.

Michele and Erin

Studio photo of Michele and Erin
Photo by Cecilia and Jacob Lee

Erin: I love my mom from the bottom of my heart. We are friends. We like to hang out almost all the time. She doesn't care what people think about her, so she doesn't wear makeup that often. There are lots of special moments that my mom knows about me. There are no words to express how I feel about my mom.

Michele: From the time Erin was a baby she was a very sweet child - forgiving, loving understanding, tolerant, accepting. She's lots of fun! We laugh every day - she has a great sense of humor. She was an easy kid to raise; now she's an easy adult.

Raising a child with a disability...you have little goals that are maybe not the same as other people's goals for their children. You have to take your rewards where you get them, but they're there and your children can achieve them. You get greater joy when they make progress. There are a lot of joys, though you can get sad if you compare. But when your child meets those goals - that's wonderful!




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