We have had a bit of warm weather in San Diego. It actually was warm enough to go for a swim in our community pool. We dusted off the boys trunks and took a dip a couple days this week. It was lovely outside. We were able to bask in the sun and anticipate the coming of spring, after what seemed to be the longest winter of our lives. That peek-a-boo of spring, was hopefully symbolic of what is to come this year. It's a time for optimism and renewal. After the devastating blow at the end of last year, finding out that not only did Kaylee have IS and TSC, after already having been diagnosed with epilepsy, but also finding out in the same month that Ethan has PDD-NOS. Needless to say, it would be a devastating, blow to any family to find out that all your children have special needs. Only now do I understand this quote from Shakespeare:
Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this son (sun) of York;
And all the clouds that low'r'd upon our house
In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.
Or put more simply (my interpretation), we will all go through a cold and hard winter at some point in our lives, but we will always have the spring. The cold sometimes seems like it will last forever, but it doesn't. It seems like the sun will never shine again, but it rises every day. With each new day that dawns, I have renewed hope that our children will thrive and live happy healthy lives. Each smile, each kiss, each hug, each milestone reached is like a little miracle that brings us closer and closer to the spring.