Debbie and I are still talking about the weekend of togetherness we experienced with our now 12 year-old special needs son Stephen.
One memory that was painful, though, was when we dropped him off at the group home on Sunday night. Tears came down as we said "Bye Bye." That was tough because we were reminded of the connection he feels with us, and the impossibility of him coming back home right now. He definitely knows who Mommy and Daddy are. According to the group home, he was teary eyed for a little bit then got redirected into another activity. Even though there is a vague awareness of Mom and Dad, the awarness is what counts. We are happy and thankful for that. This Thanksgiving we will give thanks for two healthy and happy boys who we love very much :)