Here’s to you, sibling(s) of a child with special needs.
Here’s to you and all the different waiting rooms you’ve sat in for hours, waiting for the doctor to finish checking on your brother.
Here’s to the way you defend your sister when you think someone isn’t treating her well because of her needs.
Here’s to you and the way you learn how to help your brother calm down when he’s struggling.
Here’s to your patience as your mom and dad explain that we can’t go to this place or do this thing because your sister isn’t able to deal with the noise or activity or stairs.
Here’s to every time you tried to comfort your mom and dad when they seemed sad after a visit to the doctor.
Here’s to you giving up time with Mommy and Daddy so they can work on exercises with your brother.
Here’s to the way you learn to do things for yourself, because while you are no less loved, you know your parents need to help your sister.
Here’s to you giving up soccer practice so your mom can drive your brother to therapy on time.
Here’s to you as you encourage your brother while he struggles to learn a new skill.
Here’s to you and the way you have cultivated patience and understanding for all types of people with all types of abilities.
Here’s to you, sibling(s) of a special needs kid. You had to learn early on that sometimes life isn’t fair, and that sometimes you have to pull more than your share of the weight. But, with any luck, you also learned that you are a vital part of your family. Not just because of the way you love your sibling, but because of the way your parents love you. Thank you for all that you do.