Scratchy Lunchroom Napkins Can Catch Tears

This week I went to a conference on Raising Aspirations for people with special needs who are transitioning from childhood to adulthood, and what the opportunities are.   A couple of the sessions had me catching tears with the scratchy lunchroom napkins I had shoved into my pocketbook at lunch.  The image of a 63 year old woman with her first paycheck ever was beautiful.  And yet sad because why did it have to wait until she was 63?  There were stories of hope, and there were stories of failure.   They both made me cry.  As a parent of a son with autism, I want to have high hopes for him.   What is reasonable to expect of him, of us, of the larger society?  A statement to "plan for your child to be poor" was heartbreaking.  Who wants to envision that for their child?

This week I watched American Idol with my younger son.  People have mixed views of American Idol.  But it's interesting to see these artists grow and change and become.   This 20 year old young man from Leesburg, Georgia won the competition and sang this song.   Which speaks so much to the journey ahead.  I've been carrying this song around with me while I work and mom.  These lines in particular:  

 "settle down it'll all be clear
don't pay no mind to the demons 
they fill you with fear.." 

Some of the worst decisions made in my in life have been fear-based.  I have to check myself if I am making a decision from fear.  If that's the case, then I wait.  Does this apply to art?  Yes.  It applies to decisions made about direction.  It applies to larger life as well.   
I have a deep respect for songwriters.  They write the accompaniment for people's lives, if you will. I believe they have a holy calling.  

was written by
 Drew Pearson and Greg Holden.  

Check out singer songwriter Greg Holden's site here.
And here he is singing the song he wrote:

Dixie Redmond

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden


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