Wednesday, 30 September 2015

An Angel Called G-Mary Poppins

Just a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down!

Who knows which movie that line is from?

Ok, here's another clue - she carried a bag made of carpet that was always empty yet always full!

Yup, that feel good, sing-along-to, a-bit-cheesy movie - Mary Poppins.

I remember watching that movie as a child and being positively mesmorised by it.  Imagine that - a nanny that was magical AND filled all the requirements of the job advertisement written up by the two children!

They asked for a nanny with a cheery disposition, with rosy cheeks who would play games with them.  One who was kind, witty, never angry or cruel.  A nanny who would bring them sweets and take them on outings.  But most importantly, one who would love them as if they were her own son and daughter.

The day G-Dad and I realised we needed to remove Gabriel from his first school and have him home schooled, was the day the universe posted that very same advert for us.  

The general belief is that autistic children who need assistance, should have a trained Facilitator.  Although that is a lovely idea, it is extremely expensive and for many, simply unaffordable.

So what do you do?

You get creative.  

You look for someone who has all of the above qualities, as well as a great heart.  Someone who wants to make a difference, who has the patience of a saint and the understanding that you can only manage to pay her what you can and not what she is really worth - which is: priceless!

Our cosmic advert was answered in the form of one of the mom's at Gabriel's old school, who was teaching Gabriel how to swim at her home at the time.

We saw how wonderful she was (and still is!) with our angel and a light bulb exploded over our heads - here stood our very own Mary Poppins!

We approached her regarding our new idea and she happily agreed (thank god)!

To say she is wonderful with Gabriel is a downright lie.  

She is FANTASTIC with him!

The endless patience, hard work and love she shows our angel never goes unnoticed and is valued and appreciated more than we could ever express here in words.  She has made such a wonderful difference in Gabriel's life!

Thank you, G-Mary Poppins, for everything!

You are simply Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!