My Parents once paid for a bus tour that included touring an area of interest to them. The bus made stops at different places. The passengers would all get off to see the local sights, and then return at a set time for another leg of the tour.
After a while, the bus pulled to a stop at a casino. The doors opened, and all the passengers began to disembark. My Dad told me later that they did not want to go to a casino, and they hadn’t realized that it was on the trips’s agenda. There was no opting out, so they got off and spent three hours in a place that they would have rather not have been.
Parenting a special needs child is like that sometimes. It’s not a place you would have thought you’d visit. It’s a place where you would rather just stay on the bus and pass on that one. But it’s a place where you are. Might as well get off and make the best of it.
Life has a way of sharpening us and making us better people if we’ll just get off the bus. In more ways than one, you might even hit the jackpot. –Nealie