When You Need Rainbows and Unicorns

When You Need Rainbows and Unicorns

It has been a hard couple of months. My daughter got disappointing results on the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test, despite having been in occupational therapy for four years. According to her most recent scope, she probably has some other food allergies lurking, causing reactions in her GI tract. We’re having to go through medical review again so she can continue her immunoglobulin replacement therapy for the immune deficiency. We’re dealing with job stress and financial pressure. I know she’s feeling the tension too; she’s having more meltdowns.

Wishing for Rainbows and UnicornsI’ve come close to having a few meltdowns myself. I’ve almost broken down into a sobbing mess in front of my children on a couple of occasions, and that always disturbs them, so I try not to. It’s hard.

I spend lots of time wishing for a life full of rainbows and unicorns.

And then, when I’ve finished crying and really look around, I realize I already have one.

  • A purring cat in my lap at the end of a long day.
  • Little arms wrapped around my neck.
  • Dark chocolate.
  • A place to live.
  • A vehicle that will get us where we need to go.
  • Food that meets our special dietary considerations on the table.
  • Friends and family who love and support us.
  • Online support.
  • Health insurance.
  • Love.
  • Laughter.
  • Family game or movie night.
  • Books to read.
  • Access to medical care and therapies.
  • Rain to ease the drought conditions.
  • The opportunity to do what I love.
  • Two amazing children.
  • A washer and dryer.
  • Central heat and air conditioning.
  • My husband’s job.
  • A beautiful sunset.
  • Free and inexpensive activities for my kids to do in our community.

Being the parent of a child with special needs is hard, and we still have days full of disappointment and drama. But when I really stop to examine my life, it’s hard to stay depressed. I have so much to be thankful for, and the practice of daily gratitude is changing my outlook and my life.


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  1. luvmycrzylife November 4, 2014 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    I love you!!

  2. cristischwamb November 6, 2014 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Thank you. I needed to be reminded this week to look for my own rainbows and unicorns.

  3. Robin November 7, 2014 at 8:22 am - Reply

    When I was a kid, I saw a poster that said, “The key to happiness is continuous small treats.” That’s become my survival motto. Fuzzy slippers, a favorite snack, a few minutes on the porch, meals in the freezer.

    I’ve also noticed special needs patenting gives us many small things to be grateful for. When my daughter yelled, “No! Mine!” I thought I’d explode with relief and pride to hear her use two words in a row. My entire extended family rejoiced with else. Who else gets to send out celebratory emails when a two year old says, “No! Mine!”? 🙂

  4. jolenephilo November 7, 2014 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    So often the way to get through hard times is to look at them with new eyes. That’s what you did, and while it didn’t change your daughter’s test results, it changed her mother’s heart. What a gift you gave her. Thanks for adding this post to DifferentDream.com’s Tuesday link up.

  5. word696969 July 14, 2015 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    Have a blessed day. Never mind. You already have one!

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