When Bubba was little I was so sad at the thought that he might not ever have a friend, a true friend that you share secrets with and have sleep overs with. I was worried that not only would he not have a “true friend” but he would be picked on. My heart broke the first time his teacher had to call me to tell me about an incident on the playground when he was called the S word… you know… yes, stupid. I feared that no one would ever take the time to get to know him the way that I know him, that he would never be invited to a birthday party, or get to know the humorous side of him that I love so much.
I was so terrified of the thought of my baby going to
Yesterday I had the PRIVILEGE of helping at Bubba’s schools Best Buddies carnival. Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is an AMAZING program!! I just realized that I am saying AMAZING a lot in this post. Well, get used to it because I have a feeling that it will be said again. Wink! Students have to fill out an application to be in the Best Buddies program, it is special, a privilege. I was AMAZED as I watched so many beautiful “true friendships” made.
EVERY time I look at this picture of these beautiful girls I cry.
Don't they look like girlfriends sharing secrets and laughing together??
It's my favorite from the day.
Bubba and his two Best Buddies. Justin, the one on the left, is one of Bubba's friends older brother.
He ASKED to be Bubba's Buddy. When I heard this my heart smiled!!! Seriously, it was so AMAZING to watch him with these boys!!! I was afraid that when he saw me he would only want me, like he normaly does. Oh No! He was with his Buddies and had no problem leaving Mommy behind to play with them. I couldn't help but get a little tear watching him forming a "true friendship" with these AMAZING boys!!!
"If you judge people, you have no time to love them."
- Mother Teresa
- Mother Teresa
"Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together"- Woodrow Wilson
"It is not so much our friends' help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us."- Epicurus Greek philosopher
To all of you wonderful parents that are raising these AMAZING children-
THANK YOU!!!! Thank you, for teaching them to see past the DIS and see their abilities. Thank you for raising AMAZING young men and women!!! You have given this Mommy an AMAZING gift..... seeing her son form a "true friendship". I can't tell you what a truly wonderful gift that is.
One very grateful Mommy