Being a mom calls for 24-hour duty, seven days a week. It’s a job that doesn’t pay, and quitting is not an option. But then you are rewarded with hugs, kisses, and smiles, and you are inspired to be the best mom ever. You save Mother’s Day cards with stick-figure drawings and keep the flowers that little hands have lovingly picked from the garden.
But being the best mom ever includes more than treating a boo-boo or reading the same story come bedtime. If you have been blessed with a child with special needs, to say that each day is a challenge is an understatement.
But here are four moms who say that no matter what, an incomparable, overwhelming joy is present in each and every moment.
An angel named Adrian “Binigyan kami ng angel,” shares Grace Adviento, mother to Amanda and Adrian. “Kasi nga angel siya; hindi siya marunong magsinungaling, wala siyang bisyo, pero, may iba.”
As his mother spoke, seven-year-old Adrian, in his orange shirt with Tigger design he wears all the time, descended the stairs into the living room.
He saw something out of place right away. Small as he is, he began to push the piano bench to the corner of the room, ignoring everyone else. “May problem siya with socialization and adaptation,” explains Grace. “At kailangan nasa dating puwesto yung mga silya nung huling nakita niya.”
Adrian is a child with many quirks, the first of which Grace found to be cute. “He would hold up his hands na para siyang elesi, then he would spin himself,” recalls Grace about Adrian at age 1. But as adorable as he was, Grace’s family sensed that something wasn’t right.
A trip to the ear specialist was scheduled; it seemed as if Adrian couldn’t hear his Loloís calls. But the doctor saw something else: Adrian showed signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
It was Valentine’s Day, 2003. “Parang kumapal lahat ng nasa paligid ko, naging hazy,” Grace says of her immediate reaction.
Click here to read the rest of Adrian's story and Mommy Salvacion's experiences with Amboy.