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Sweet Child Of Mine

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

I am blessed to be the mother of two sons. My oldest will be 29 next month, and my youngest will be 28 next week. Where did the time go? It seems like just yesterday that they were still little boys who had to reach up to give me a hug and kiss. Now, they are adults, and they both tower over me... I'm the one who has to reach up for a hug and kiss!

When they were very young, I would sing to them, and they each had their own favorite songs. For my oldest son, it was "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go." He'd probably be embarrassed if I reminded him of that today, though!

My youngest son's favorite song was "Sweet Child O' Mine." I still sing that song to him just about every day, and it still brings such a sweet, gentle smile to his face. I wish he could sing the words along with me, but he can't. He has autism, and he doesn't speak. He is still a little boy in many ways, but in a grown up body.

He can't take care of himself, so I take care of all his needs....dressing him, cleaning him, etc. Yes, he requires a lot from me, but he gives back so much. He loves me, and although he can't verbalize it, I can see it in his eyes and in his smile.

A few years ago, I had given up on myself due to depression, and I allowed myself to become sedentary and obese. I reached my highest weight, 286 lbs. Being so overweight made it hard to take care of myself, and of course it made it harder for me to take care of my son. I was slowly killing myself. I had really given up.

Thank God, I woke up and realized what I was doing to myself, and by extension to my dear son. I was not giving him the best care. I was not being the best mother to him that I could be. I knew I had to start taking care of my health....for my sake, and for his. He needs me.

Since March of last year, my health has become a priority. I eat right, and I exercise. I have lost 71 lbs and I have gotten strong. Caring for my son is much easier now. And he is healthier too, because I pay attention to what he eats. I control his portions, and I give him good, healthy foods. I keep him active by taking him for walks, and trying to get him to do yoga with me. He won't do a full yoga workout, but he will try to do a few poses along with me.

I know that I won't always be able to take care of my son. There will come a time when I will be too old. But I am going to do my best to postpone that day for as long as possible. Taking care of my health has been a gift...not only for myself, but also for my son.

Happy birthday, sweet child of mine! I love you!


"Sweet Child O' Mine"

He's got a smile that it seems to me
Reminds me of childhood memories
Where everything was as fresh as the bright blue sky
Now and then when I see his face
It takes me away to that special place
And if I stared too long
I'd probably break down and cry

Sweet child o' mine
Sweet love of mine

He's got eyes of the bluest skies
As if they'd thought of rain
I'd hate to look into those eyes
And see an ounce of pain
His hair reminds me of a warm safe place
Where as a child I'd hide
And pray for the thunder
And the rain
To quietly pass me by

Sweet child o' mine
Sweet love of mine

Where do we go?
Where do we go now?
Where do we go?
Sweet child o' mine
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