Wednesday, 15 June 2011
I was watching the movie "Temple Grandin" today and was so moved. For those of you who have not seen the movie, Temple Grandin is a real life woman with autism who did amazing things. She single-handedly created a more humane and dignified way to slaughter cattle by engineering genius track systems for the cattle to travel through.
She was also very social and has helped autistic people everywhere by speaking around the country. She has gone to college and received her BA in Psychology, MS and PhD in Animal Science. Before her, all experts on autism believed that it was impossible for autistic people to live a relatively normal life, let alone go to college. (Here's a link to see her many awards: http://www.grandin.com/professional.resume.html )
At the end of the movie, Temple contributes her success to her mother. Her mother respected and loved her. She helped her to learn and taught her how to socialize. She pushed Temple to be independent and strong. I couldn't help but crying at that part. It was beautiful to see how her mother's love and dedication could change not only her daughter's future but also the future of millions of other children just like Temple.
It got me thinking about how powerful the position of a parent is. One mother can change so many people by how she treats her child(ren). This applies to fathers too. The course of a child's life can take so many routes. I hope that my children receive the strength, encouragement, love and respect from me that it takes to become whatever they want, regardless of the obstacles that are in their way.
I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. ~Abraham Lincoln
[A] mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled. ~Emily Dickinson
Do you momaroo's know/have any inspirational mothers/fathers that you'd like to mention?