Stamina- a “Special” Mom’s Perspective

Stamina: the Merriam Webster online dictionary defines the word as STAYING POWER, ENDURANCE. Yup. I’d agree. Being able to endure and keep on, even when you’re tired down to your bones. Keep trying, keep looking, keep searching, keep going.

Stamina is what keeps a mother going, day to day. It doesn’t necessarily prevent her from going a little crazy when things are a little too tough. But it keeps her putting one foot in front of the next, even when she wants to give up, throw in the towel, and run away screaming.

Stamina is what you need when you have a child who demands more from you than you’d ever believe you could handle. It is what you have when you keep dealing with meltdowns day after day, and often several a day. It is what you have when you try to help your child deal with the things in life that send them over their edge, on a very regular basis.

Stamina is what helps a mother make it from the minute she crawls out of bed, until she literally falls into it, at night. It tells her to pace herself, because this race is decades long. She’s in it for the long haul. It’s not just a 26 mile marathon, it’s a million mile marathon.

She looks and looks for things to help her “special” child: programs, therapies, medicines. Some things help. Lots do not. Stamina is what keeps her looking for other ways to help her child. Stamina is what keeps her from giving up… or is it love?

What helps keep you going, when you’re at the end of your rope, and there is no knot?

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About mariner2mother

I'm a mother of a very spirited 14 year old son, and a former merchant ship's deck officer. To feed my creative side I take photos and make a very occasional batch of soap. I am also Reiki attuned and am a student of Energy Healing, having used several healing modalities to work on myself and my family.
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6 Responses to Stamina- a “Special” Mom’s Perspective

  1. Joan Cromley says:

    Faith, dark chocolate and friends ARE the knot. The rope may continue into the abyss but you need to “make ” a knot to balance on so you can hang on until you can start gaining hand over hand. BTW used a shimmering rose to blast away some really bad vibes Sat. and set it in a bubble around the van (road rage) .

  2. I think you hit on it. Love. Really it’s the fierce love we feel for our kids that gets us up each day. It helps us fight harder and know that we will never give up until we can help our kids in any way we can. Your son is lucky to have you as his mom.

  3. Thank you Darla. Sometimes I feel sorry for people who never had kids, only in that having a dog instead will never stretch you personally as far as someone who pushes your limits on a daily basis.

  4. Lenore Diane says:

    Love is the source of the stamina, but I thank God for that stamina.
    Wow, Susan. This is wonderful. You laid it out beautifully. “It tells her to pace herself, because this race is decades long….” So very true.
    What helps keep me going? Depends on the day. (smile) You know ice cream is in the mix – for certain.

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