I am a duck.
I am the parent of a child with special needs. I appear calm and placid in the water, but underneath the surface, I am paddling like crazy. Whether it is physical, emotional, financial, or some combination thereof, I am always trying to keep calm, but working as hard as possible, just to stay afloat and to keep moving forward. I am consistent and loyal, but am very exhausted, which often makes me bitter. I am constantly being pushed to the limit in trying to do it all, which feels like a never ending exercise in spinning plates. My gut is filled with rocks instead of bread.
I am a Fire Breathing Duck.
I am the parent of a child with special needs. I realize not everything is going to get done today. Maybe not tomorrow either. Eventually it might, but I am prepared that it may never be resolved completely, and I am willing to let it go if it doesn't. I realize that I possess a simple, positive talent that can be used to help people. To keep people warm by lighting a fire. To create a light to help someone find their way. To fend off mosquitoes at dusk. I possess an ability to always focus on the single most important thing in my life and let everything else fall into place. I stopped eating the rocks and I now bake my own bread.
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