When I was a child my family was stationed in England. We enjoyed traveling many places and one of my fondest memories was driving through the foggy hills of Scotland at night with my parents telling us scary stories. I remember well the poem, “From ghosties and ghoulies, and long-legged beasties, and things that go bump in the night~good Lord protect us”. Being impressionable, the visions of ghosties and ghoulies, long-legged beasties and their like stuck with me…now I have children of my own and I realize the beasties and “things that go bump in the night” have taken on a whole new meaning as an adult.
The scary stories are no longer about scary monsters that hide in the shadows or under the bed-they are the stories of waiting in the oncology office to hear if your daughter has cancer (thank God she didn’t), watching your son have a seizure on the merry-go-round at the park, hearing diagnoses that change their lives and yours forever. Scary becomes wondering if you are up to the task of taking care of your special children, advocating for them, protecting them, trying to let them be typical children despite your fears for them. Monsters become the medicines and their side effects, professionals with whom you have to fight for every chance for your children, and other children who are mean.
But it isn’t all about the ghosties and ghoulies and that’s why I decided to write this blog. I wanted to write about the dragonslaying and ghostbusting, and defeating giants. The hope and the victories, small AND large. The laughter and the happy tears, and the things you learn to be thankful for that others take for granted. The wonderful lessons taught by the silliest moment or thing. The whispered voice of God at just the right time. The things that make it so that I wouldn’t change a thing in this crazy life!
My hope is that by sharing the humorous (and sometimes not) things I see and experience that it will help others in their journeys. If nothing else it will help me to put it down. There is always something going “bump” in the night around here-cats, dogs, kids, etc and never a dull moment-so please follow along and I pray that you find something that blesses you along the way.