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So... I've just stepped up as FRG leader (most of you don't know what that is cause it's Army, but it totally doesn't matter)... anyways, as per everything Army, I'm in a bazillion useless trainings to get this position. Tonight's training was how to talk to spouses of deceased soldiers. This is NOT a pleasant training but the teacher made it much more difficult, so after "class" we were talking to one of the wives in the class who is more familiar with the program. In this program you have to have immediate childcare and can't tell your sitter why you need indefinite child care... That's not an easy task to accomplish. The other wife tells me that she's got the same problem and she has 2 daughters, so it's hard to find someone willing to take 2 girls at the drop of a hat... yea... I know that feeling. Then she tells me that her daughters are 4 and 2 and the fact that their so young makes it hard cause sleep schedules, etc I have a 4 and 2 year old too, I totally knew where she was coming from. Then tells me that her daughter is apraxic, so no one wants to take on the needs of this daughter. Someone who knows what that term means?? Someone who isn't terrified of a child who is apraxic (Carrie's current "theory" is global apraxia)... During this conversation we find out that not only are our kids the same gender and ages, that both are apraxic (even if in different ways) but we each have a daughter named "katie". We go to the same speech therapist. I'm in school pursuing the degree she already has. We are from similar parts of the country and the list goes on. There was a point where I wanted to ask her to move in... I am so excited about meeting a friend who has kids both of my girls' ages and someone who isn't TERRIFIED of the word "special needs" and actually GETS what apraxia is all about.
"Disability is not a brave struggle or ‘courage in the face of adversity.’ Disability is an art. It’s an ingenious way to live."