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August 20, 2012 / the speech monster

What my son’s disabilities taught me about ‘having it all’

When I read this article, I cried. Because of great admiration for the writer who is able to display such tenacity and sunny attitude that many people might not have if put in a similar situation. For me, the article firstly served as a reminder that many families of the kids I work with struggle with their kids’ difficulties, and get judged quite often for how their kids are. It’s empowering that this mom is able to rise above it all and take control of what is given to her.

The article also gave me even more perspective on what it means to be happy. (Yes, as a new mom in this day and age going back to work professionally, I do at times ruminate over what it means to “have it all.”)

Of course, I cannot compare my life to the writer’s; I do not have a son with special needs. But it is, in itself, humbling to simply be involved with children with additional needs. These kids I see have shown me that there is joy to be found in any circumstance. Every grin on these kids’ faces when they can finally correctly produce the sound we’ve been targeting, or delight in the parents’ voices when their kids are now able to communicate with them, builds more and more of my life’s perspective.

Like them, I have found ways to count little blessings I have. One of which is to be able to be a part of the lives of these kids’ and their families. I absolutely love my job and thank God for how various events in my life pushed me to being a Speech-Language Pathologist.

Thank you for writing this article, Marie Lee.

And a very Happy Australian Speech Pathology Week, Aussie SLPs!!! 

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By Marie Myung-Ok Lee

As someone in her 40s, unequivocally in middle age, I find myself and my friends in that stage of life that seems to auger constant assessment — am I happy? Am I doing the right thing with my life?

Evidenced by the number of times Anne-Marie Slaughter’s Atlantic piece“Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” was posted on Facebook, it served as a cri de coeur of the collective unconscious of those of us swimming in the Gen X/Baby Boomer estuary, last stop before becoming truly elderly. (It’s apparently also the most-read article in the magazine’s 155-year history.) Slaughter rightly questions why having a family complicates the career ladder for women in a way that it does not for men. But the hidden heart of the article, I believe, is its hinting at that unspoken yearning for that perfect life that has been promised to us by … someone? Ads? TV? Ms. Magazine? Those ATHLETA catalogs?

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