Another Baby! Glowing Hearts III, Mother and Child

Well the book I’ve been working on is finally done and hot off the presses. It has been amazingly rewarding to shoot the images and get back to writing. I started out as a writer many….many moons ago and have always delved into other mediums of media and it’s a welcomed invitation to come back ‘home’ and write again.

My brother is a writer too and has a publishing company and I’ve always enjoyed writing for his projects. This is another one of those opportunities, we wrote a book about the relationships between children with disabilities and their mothers. My brother is a double arm amputee- we were playing where we weren’t suppose to be as kids and he paid the ultimate price. So when it was time to write this book, his and my mother’s story was a natural addition.

Surprisingly, I found it very easy to write, maybe because I didn’t realize half the stuff my mother was telling me during our interview, or maybe because now as a mother myself, I can understand or try to relate to what she went through. Writing about my family’s story was for sure therapeutic and so was getting back to my roots of writing. In today’s day in age it’s certainly fulfilling to have a tangible book in hand and see and feel your accomplishments. Thanks to my brother for giving me the opportunity to come home again. I may stray from time to time, but this time, I will stay close to home for good.

This book investigates the relationships between mother’s and their child with a disability. I’ve heard some heart wrenching stories over the past few weeks, some stay with me all day and through the night. This is the first time I’ve written a book with this particular content since I’ve become a mom myself, and it’s indescribable how that has changed my perspective. I’ve heard heart breaking stories and lived through one myself since I was six years old.

Many of you know my brother is a double arm amputee from an electrical accident when he was 11, so I grew up around families that were a different kind of normal. Now listening to these stories, one being of how a mother found her 18 year old son trapped under his car he jacked up to repair. He was pronounced dead 3 times, but miraculously lived.  He’s now completely dependent on his mother as he lives in a wheelchair and can not speak with no use of his hands or legs.

But today, he’s a well known Canadian artist. His paintings are breath taking and I will for sure be purchasing one.

Another mother’s relationship with her daughter is inspiring, her daughter was born as a double leg amputee and one arm amputee, but she’s a dance instructor. Yes, you read that right…..a dance instructor.

Parents with kids with disabilities, including my own parents, are forced to live by a different standard. “Can’t” is not an option for our families. Morgan, the 20 year old dancer is now leaving the nest and going to college to study comedy and comedic writing. She’s performed in the musicals, Rent and Hair and will continue to instruct dance.

The image above is what she has tattooed on her arm to commemorate the day she had the guts to audition for Rent.  And as our mothers have taught us “I can’t” is only “I don’t want to try” and we should all live our lives honouring the words inked on Morgan’s arm,  there is no day but today!

Kimberly Tiessen, Contributing Author & Photographer

Glowing Hearts III

www.ktphotography.ca

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