Last night Tate made it through his first elementary school music concert. It wasn’t flawless. In fact, there were 2 moments where I was ready to bail. First, there were a lot of people. And it was hot. And anxiety-producing. As Tate wailed and scripted “YOU STINK” a little too loudly, I sat down next to him on the stage (oh yes, I did) and asked if he needed to go. He asked me to go sit back in my seat, and I did. The second time, babies. Two different babies started to cry and fuss. It made Tate visibly shudder. His aide went to his side and asked about needing a break. Tate asked her to go sit back down. Tate was determined to get through the entire show. And. He. Did. (He pushed through the anxiety and assaults on his senses and watched fans as he sang and danced.)
My son continues to amaze and inspire me…and reminds me that we cannot give up when things get difficult…we need to power through and adapt.