I guess I can say that Blake has made me who I am today. Blake was born September 29, 1982. Prior to his birth, I silently knew that I was going to have a son with Down’s Syndrome, I guess mother’s know that sort of thing. At that time, I was working in a fast paced business, selling lumber wholesale in the Bay Area. Along with taking care of the house, my husband and 2 other boys, I would say I never had a moment to myself. I was the perfect example of the mother who tried to be everything to all.
When Blake was born, perfectionism came to a standstill. I was faced with a child that told me blatantly that life, as I knew it was not perfect. He was born with a heart defect, had to have 2 blood transfusions and later find out that the doctors did not think he was going to make it. My priorities quickly shifted. Blake needed my daily attention and I had to quit work. This was difficult for a person that identified with her job. I didn’t know who I was, never took the time to find out. Blake essentially forced me to go inward and discover who I really was.
I had always wanted to be an artist and never would think in a million years that it could ever happen. Just allowing myself to have this dream was a gift from Blake. He made me realize that life is too short, that it is important to know who you are, to take risks and be strong. Blake’s courage daily with a smile, gave me courage. As he learned to crawl and walk, (no easy accomplishment), I learned to draw and paint. There were no excuses.
Today I celebrate Blake’s Birthday with a tear of joy, thanking God that I was given this precious gift. Blake is my teacher. He teaches me daily, what a wise person he is.
Gifts from Blake, never give up, always have a smile, believe the best in people, patience, kindness, generosity, think of others first, always do your best, you can accomplish a lot more than you know and each day is a blessing, especially your Birthday.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLAKE!