As a mother I asked, what would she do without me? Who would brush her hair? I knew she wouldn't. It's scary to ask yourself, can you love your child with all your heart if she doesn't have her hair brushed? I took pride in how she looked. I dressed her, I did her hair, I put on her makeup. I wanted her to appear to you that she was well rounded. I am her mom. Truth be told, I wanted you to believe I took good care of her. So 18 months ago my parenting was put to the test, Emily moved to a group home. She lives with 8 other women and she does very well. She tells me she loves me, and then says,"mom I'm not ever moving back with you."
She is never wearing what I would dress her in. Her hair is seldom brushed to my liking. She only wears make-up on holidays, and I never say a word. Today I went to see her at her day program, and took pictures of all the adults she spends the day with. So here is a corner of life as we know it.
|He always ask if I can stay and watch The Price is Right with him. He reminds me repeatedly how much weight Drew Carey has lost!|
|I've known Donnie for years. He only speaks a few words, but he is always smiling! Plus I don't think I've ever seen him without a suit coat on!|
|His eyes tell a story, but he cannot. He has never spoken a word in his life!|
|Jack is one of Emily's dearest friends. They volunteer together delivering Meals on Wheels. She tells me they are a team. When you speak with him, he never looks at you, he always turns away.|
|She has a laugh you would fall in love with. I took pizza, she asked when would I be visiting again. I said soon, she said not soon enough. We both giggled!|
|I love this guy. Many years at different events we have had to watch him have seizures. He just keeps smiling through it all. Lesson learned!|
|I had a conversation with her today on her beautiful pink hoodie. I told her many people would see her picture and know she was very pretty. That is the smile I received!|
|This gal I'm very close with. I've known her many years. She has quite a personality, she is Emily. She will be 28 in June. She is my daughter, and I let her go live her life. Love you girl, you know that I do.|
|Last summer, Emily asked if we could go to the car show. I said do you really want to do that on such a beautiful a summer day. Oh yes, she had heard about it on the news, and that was where we needed to be.|
As always, I just can't thank you enough for stopping by.