You teach me every day:
How to smile in the face of adversity
To bounce back when I have been slapped in the face
Not to judge
Be committed and stay focused
To find my inner strength
To be resilient
Being diplomatic when I could shout instead
How to really, really listen
Carrying on regardless
How to laugh and cry at the same time
How to communicate with no words
Taking each step as it comes with valour and courage
To dream big and to go for those dreams
Doing small things that make a big difference
How the world needs to change not me or you
Not to let the buggers get you down
THANK YOU FOR BEING MY DAUGHTER
I saw you speak today at Bromley Parent Voice and I thought I recognised Nadia from somewhere. When I got home I had a look at the Diversity Awards programme – I attended with my son Jonny who had been nominated for Positive Role Model – Disability – and there she was beaming from the page. I am sorry I did not speak to you, I wanted to but I was worried that I would ask you if you had attended the awards and I may have made a mistake, and then felt like a daft doughnut.. but I just wanted to say that you were fabulous today and you inspired a lot of parents.. just your smile, confidence and overwhelming love for your children and your determination to keep it all ordinary said it all really.
Theresa Andrews – mum to Jonathan Andrews
oh wow. that is soooooo nice of you to write and tell me that. All mothers that overcomes attitudes and prejudices about our offspring are amazing. we are all true warriors. We are like the suffragette movement lol! Infact we should have a word to describe us! And omg you were at the awards too! So you need a medal. Like the wonderful mum who is the mum to a super hero we are mums to Role Models. It takes a lovely compassionate and resilient person to say nice things to someone else and I really really appreciate you taking the time to write to me. Are you on facebook as we should add each other? Us mothers of Role Models need to stick together. xxxxxxx
Dearest Katie, After chatting with you and catching up a little I sat down to read Havoc in Halifax before bed.
Now I don’t feel at all tired – just warmed and moved by your poem and how it touched Theresa too.
I know you two mums will spread comfort and goodness in today’s world.
with such love.
Thank you Eddy. That means a lot. xxxxx