Monday, July 9, 2007

Her Beautiful Hand

My kids are better than yours. Yeah, I was going to be diplomatic and simply tell you how proud I am, but figured why not cut to the chase. My kids rock, and yours are probably good, too, no disrespect meant, but mine are simply sublime. And yours are good, seriously, don't get me wrong here, you have good kids, but, okay...as long as we understand each other.
My daughter is teaching developmentally disabled kids this summer, as she did last summer, teens with Autism to varying degrees. It's a job she does well, with love and care, and it's a fulfilling challenge that beats flipping burgers.
She got attacked today. Twice. One of the kids just went crazy and attacked her, two different times, scratching her arms and hands. I don't mean kitty cat sratches, I mean a wild attack causing deep scratches and cuts. My daughter handled it well, though it was upsetting to her, of course, but I was struck with what happened after that. A boy came up to her, sadly touched her bleeding scratches and said "Your beautiful hand. Oh, my dear lady...look at your beautiful hand." He traced the wounds with his finger and kissed her hand. The work that she does, and loves, has not left her unscathed, but the balm of the boy's concern helped begin the healing, along with the humor of speaking as if he were in a Shakespeare play "Oh...my dear lady..."

My second daughter is volunteering at a retreat right now. My third one volunteers to help her older sister with the autistic kids. Face it, Sparky, my kids rock.

Love and humility from Wilson World,
Tom

6 comments:

Cheeky said...

Yes, your kids rock! That speaks volumes of how you and your Mrs. have raised them! GREAT job Mom and Dad!

Funny I did a kid post today too....not as glowing as YOURS perhaps but funny still the same....

Chase Roper said...

I remember growing up, my mom worked with special needs students in our house. But she had the socially inept violent kids to threw scissors across the room at your head on a whim. Sounds like your wife is experiencing a lot of the same kind of thing. I couldn't imagine the frustration involved, but I'm sure the selflessness involved is to be commended.

Also, your kids may rock, but my son did this:

http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=78826211&blogID=284348591&Mytoken=E2E798B0-5ADA-49AF-83F0423FF6A8DDB139885417

Ginger said...

How sweet! You must be an excellent father to raise such sweet girls. I come from a family with 3 girls and one older boy (ok 34 yr old man) and my father is very proud of us so far, however, we wouldn't have made him so if he wasn't a sterling example for us. That's what you seem to be for your daughters. Good going! I worked around autistic children and they can be a handful. The really need alot of love and patience, your daughter sounds very equal to the task.

Anonymous said...

Hey. Your kid does rock. Mine's eight, heading into the town little miss pageant on Aug 4, so I can't see your show in Vernon Hills. Real bummer. Daughter loves your songs, etc. Why don't you come up to our hood after the show? We're 20 mins from Vernon Hills and live on a lake. We'll take you out to dinner at the joint on the lake. Nice food, live entertainment, etc. My treat. Lemme know. jbickle346@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

yes, yes, your kids rock! My daughter is in the Air Force. She joined during war time and it wasn't to go to college for free, but because she wanted to serve her country. Proud parent, who is scared.

MCC said...

I worked with autistic children before I had my own. The attacks were minimal but I do have 1 scar. It's on my hand. Seriously