Andy called yesterday to tell me Jonah had a bad tantrum/aggression in the van – not sure where they were going to (or coming from), but Jonah was being all snuggly & lovey with a caregiver one moment, then launched himself at her, grabbing a chunk of her hair. Another caregiver tried to intervene but Jonah got a chunk of her hair too. When it was all over, Jonah had two handfuls of hair and a small bruise.
I’d almost rather hear that some kid attacked Jonah and got a hunk of his hair than be told Jonah was the aggressor.
His caregivers are dedicated individuals who deserve to be wealthy, and though I have been assured they are paid better than at some other schools, I still don’t see why they don’t get more for what they endure, and how they love, and why they do what they do…which is essentially to be foster parents for groups of disabled children.
So many things work backwards in our world. God forgive us all for not caring more about one another.
I know Jonah does not hurt others deliberately, or at least not with malicious intent, and I know he can’t help who he is and what goes on in his little brain…but that knowledge doesn’t fix anything or help the pain I feel when he hurts others. In all my life I never imagined giving birth to one who harms people. It’s almost funny.
And in a little more than two weeks he will have his big eye operation to take the Reticert implant out, in a last ditch effort to save what little sight he has remaining in his left eye. The irreverent thought just came into my mind that if Jonah cannot see as well, perhaps he will at least start missing his targets. Andy and I will have to be hyper-vigilant to ensure Jonah does not touch his eye shield or try to itch his eye beneath it.
Today I am going to visit my therapist and I will talk to him about my struggle with this ever-cyclic aggressive behavior I can’t accept and have no power to control. I know better than to hold on to the wish to control it, and I know better than to place blame upon myself, or upon Jonah, or upon God, or upon anything at all. I know better. I just can’t help the tears that always come, the feelings that always arise, the frustration I always feel. The fear that as he gets older and bigger it will only get worse. Hopefully Dr. A. can help me with all that.
I know when there is a situation I cannot change, I can only change how I react to it. And so I am making changes. Now I exercise, eat better, meditate, pray, and take long walks in the woods. I breathe deeply, in and out. In and out.
I’m counting on the spring to bring new life, new hope, and new health, body-mind-spirit all working together to find the place inside where things are quiet and still. Where music plays and my heart rejoices. Where there is peace.
No one gives their dreams away too lightly
They hold them tightly warm against cold
One more year of traveling ’round this circuit
Then you can work it into gold
They say, “Jonah, he was swallowed by a whale”, hmm
But I say, “There’s no truth to that tale”
I know Jonah, he was swallowed by a song
Here’s to all the boys who came along
Carrying soft guitars in cardboard cases all night long
An’ do you wonder where those boys have gone?
Do you wonder where those boys have gone?
Jonah by Paul Simon