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Ethan and More Ethan

One of my goals is to be an interesting and consistent blogger.

Some of my other goals are to be an adequate mother, keep my house relatively sanitary, tame the laundry pile down to a dull roar, and experience time with my family in a variety of neat places, doing fun activities.

That gets in the way of my first goal. But don’t fear – I am honing my time management skills.

I’ll just tell you what Ethan has been up to and I am sure all will be forgiven. Right?

Special Olympics. It is really a wonderful event for the athletes that participate. It is preceded by weeks of practices. There is the anticipation of the parade and friends, the new t-shirt and, of course, the medals.

DSC05764 (1) DSC05797 DSC05818 (1) DSC05805 (2) DSC05857 (1) DSC05878 (1)Years ago, this was a difficult day for our whole family. It was often hard for Ethan to manage the waiting and the weather and for our little kids too. But as they have all gotten older, the experience has gotten nicer and I look forward to many more years of participation.

“Let me win, and if I cannot win, let me brave in the attempt”. ~Special Olympics Motto

Ethan also attended The Midland School Prom. All proms are wonderful. But this one is the best. The kids are all so ‘on’ and pulled together – really nailing it in every way. I feel privileged that I get to be a part of these peoples lives.

Who doesn’t love when I post about Ethan and more Ethan?!

Ethan Goes to the Prom

The way I see it, there are exactly two ways to live life with Ethan. One is to accept that the nature of his disabilities make him so difficult and unpredictable that it’s just not worth doing much of anything with or for him.

The other option is to forge ahead and hope for the best each and every time and accept that there will be a lot of unsuccessful attempts at certain activities. I choose this. It’s hard. But when it’s good – it’s REALLY good. The prom was REALLY good.

First, he decided all on his own that he wanted to rent a tux rather than the sensible dress clothes I wanted to buy him. Then Dennis decided that he should go to the prom in style. We surprised him with a 2014 Mustang convertible in black – to match his duds.

I was nervous (and touched) when our family members wanted to come and take photos before he left. It was a lot of pressure not knowing how he would react to the whole process.

He did great.

He kept saying “Thank you, Dad!” He was enthralled. He loved the ride and was excited to see all of his friends. I sent Dennis to pick him up at 9. He wasn’t ready to get off the dance floor until 10.

Sometimes Ethan surprises us – and I’ll hold out for that each and every time.