Dillard Family Grin Kid 2008
Ace, TJ, Yankee Pete, Guenn & Breeze
This is Skyler Dillard's mom, Michelle. I have so many thoughts running through my head now that we are home and have time to reflect. I feel I should begin with a HUGE THANK YOU!!!!!!!!
These past few days have been amazing. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect any of the things that all of you done. It is not often that you meet people that have the heart, care and compassion that all of you do. In the lives that we lead, all of us familes with special need children, do we encounter people that "get" what we live with. To us it is normal and it is just what we do. However we are use to other people staring, whispering and assuming different things. Such as why we let them scream, why we have death grips on them crossing a street, why we have to repeat things, why we cry when we see them smile, why we think it is a big deal to hear them laugh. So when we are blessed to encounter people such as all of you it leaves a lasting life long impression. To take time from your familes and lives to give a few moments of pleasure to our familes is an experience that is beyond what words can describe.
I would like to share a few moments with you from our time at Disney World. Be assured this is by no means all of them ( as that would require writing a novel ) but a few that jumps out. After the dinner as we was heading to the fireworks Skyler was full of questions. Wanting to know how you all done all of this, if you really knew Mickey Mouse etc... He then looked at us and said it was the best thing that ever happened to him. On the second day there as we was heading to Magic Kingdom and Pete walked up to us and asked if he could push Skyler in his chair is a moment that jumps out at Shannon and myself. I remember us looking at each other like huh? It seems like such a simple gesture but to us it was huge. We are so use to doing it and not thinking about we thought something was wrong. Thanks Pete!!!! Just thinking about that unselfish act brings tears to my eyes. Another moment is the first ride we rode - Splash Mountain. This is the first ride Skyler had ever rode. To see the look on his face, the pure joy is a look that my mind will never erase. No matter how old I get I will still see my beautiful babys face with that amazing smile and I will hear his laughing. This is a moment that you all made happen and I will never be able to thank you enough for that. TJ, we will never be able to hear or see anything from the Lion King without thinking of you. We are still hearing Skyler do that singing, noise thing. We was looking at pictures from the website and he saw you and started doing it. It was great!!! Ace, there was a moment when we was on air on tuesday that completely caught me off guard and took Shannon and myself by surprise. You was talking about how you came over and Skyler gave you a hug and a kiss and was teling you he loved you. You became emotional and it was all I could do to hold it together. That to was such a simple gesture of pure kindness and one that we will always hold close to our hearts.
I honestly don't believe you all know how much joy you have brought to all of our lives. None of this would have been possible with out all of you. We would have never thought Skyler would be able to enjoy all of this. To be completely honest it all still feels like a dream. I don't honestly think it has happened. Then I look at the pictures and realize that it was real, it wasn't a dream and angels really do walk amongst us. Those angels are all of you and I am certain our dear Lord has blessed our families by giving us a moment in time with you.
Skyler honestly loves all of you. He has been telling everyone since we got home that he has friends that are on the radio. That they are really nice friends and he wants everyone to listen. He keeps saying you have to listen to my friends on the radio. He keeps asking me when I am going to bring him to see you again. And to think we have only been home 24hours and he misses you all. That says alot as he normally doesn't bond with people very well. It was the fact that he realizes how special all of you are.
Thanks again for all that you have done and do, not just for our family but for all the countless others also. May God Bless each and everyone of you.
Thanks and Much Love
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