I recently found my grade 12 yearbook. Besides noticing that I have a few more wrinkles and a few more pounds, I noticed that my grad write-up about where I would be in 10 years, was not where I was. I wrote something about being a missionary and I had a few shout-outs to my large group of friends.
If motherhood had yearbooks, my 2004 write-up would be a picture of me with a little baby bump and a list of how I was going to be the one mother who’s child was always well behaved and adored by all. It would say that my husband and I were sure we would still eat at posh restaurants and take in the occasional rock concert or theatrical event.
My 2013 motherhood yearbook would look very different. The picture would be of me, in what I affectionately call, my “dirty hipster bun” and at least one child would have their finger up their nose or be crying. I would write about how the longer I have been a parent, the less I think I know about it, how I love these children more than life itself, and how sometimes the child that is perfect for you, isn’t perfect.
My oldest child has Sensory Processing Disorder. He feels more, sees more, and hears more than I do. Small things, like the type of fabric that his clothes are made of, affect him greatly. This in turn affects our family. Every time we do something, like go to an event, or visit someone’s house, I am aware that it could be too much for him.
Last year, right before Christmas, a friend sent me a message with a link to a Santa mall event. It was a sensory-safe event. This meant the organizers had tried their best to remove the excess stimulation. I could not attend because it was a limited event and over an hour’s drive away. What it did give me, was an idea.
This idea, to start a company that could host events for families with special needs children(sensory or otherwise), has taken another six months of emails, texts, phone calls, and me begging friends to come on board and help. I have been blessed with some amazingly gifted friends. They have set up meetings, walked me through countless tech problems, taken my picture, edited/written copy, built websites, and volunteered to help with anything else that I need.
I am so excited to bring Sensory Bridge Events to life. The events that we host are open to all families that have children with sensory disorders or other special needs. Everyone deserves to have fun. If you have a community, company, or personal event and would like to have a sensory-safe version, please email me at email@example.com. I will contact you and discuss how we can work together.