Special Needs Dad 365

Dear Livy
“Dear Livy,
Happy birthday to my sister, my second half, and my biggest inspiration. You have made every moment of our lives exciting and I couldn’t imagine a world without you. Thank you for making me smile and putting me on an incredible journey.

These were Hailey’s words in the card she made Livy for their birthday. Hailey was also up past midnight the other night creating a handmade gift. The bond they share is strong. I’m not sure what it is like to have a sister that has never spoken a word. When I ask Hailey, she says, “I don’t know Livy any other way. We don’t fight, so I am never mad at her. She talks to me with her smile and the sounds she makes.”

What I love most is that Hailey recognizes her life has been a journey. She appreciates the little things. She knows what a struggle it has been for Livy. She has an incredible sense of empathy for Livy and is able to apply that to people she meets who have also had a difficult path. She loves Livy, does not resent her, and can’t imagine her life without her.

Many people comment that they can’t wait to see what Hailey does in the future. She certainly has made a mark for herself at a young age. It has all been in the spirit of giving to others. As Hailey mentions, Livy has been the inspiration in her life that has brought her to where she is today. I, for one, can’t wait to see where it will take them both tomorrow.