“Every child is a different kind of flower, and all together, make this world a beautiful garden.”
This quote really speaks to me and resonates with our family’s journey raising a child with special needs. I truly believe this pertains to ALL children but is particularly meaningful to parents raising children with various disabilities and medical challenges.
There is a science and an art to gardening. Some flowers need lots of sunlight, while others thrive in the shade. There are certain flowers that are resilient and hardy and need very little water or care, whereas others need to be watered daily and require plucking and pruning. Every color of the rainbow is represented in flowers, with varying hues, saturation, and vibrancy. Some plants grow tall and strong and others are delicate and fragile.
Despite all of these differences, there is value in simply being a flower. When in bloom, each flower is truly unique and brings joy and beauty to the world.
As we look at the individual needs of each flower, we find that it is not one-size-fits-all and when we approach all flowers the same, some will drown under the burden of daily watering or wither and fry under the penetrating sun. Yet, a flower can truly grow and thrive when we pay attention to its individual needs.
Is it not the same with our children?