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Chains and Rainbows

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12

Each year, our family holds an autism benefit for Autism Tennessee at the Bluebird Café.  This April will be our sixteenth year.  The event was named “Breaking The Chains”, after a song that was written for our daughter, during a time I had so many questions about her and her future.

You know that old saying, “Be careful what you pray for.”  I remember a time when Morgan seemed to have no interests in anything we presented, and we had tried everything.  She was diagnosed with autism when she was 3 1/2 years old.  Below are the lyrics to the song, a prayer, to be able to connect with her.  One of the lines is “open your eyes to the colors of rainbows”.

Help Me Break Those Chains

 How can I reach you so that I can teach you

Open up the world and put it in your hands

Cast out those shadows, replace them with meadows

How can I help you finally understand

There is a place out, I need to show you, please don’t hide

 

Help me break those chains that hold your precious mind

Like Rapunzel in her castle, please let down your golden hair

I need to climb and join you so that I can find

That something that’s missing between here and there

Help me break those chains

 

Open your eyes to the colors of rainbows

Open up your ears to hear the whippoorwills

Come out of that midnight, reach into the sunlight

Feel the warmth that greets you as your climb those hills

Taste the sweetness of each day, together we will find a way

 

Help me break those chains that hold your precious mind

Like Rapunzel in her castle, please let down your golden hair

I need to climb and join you so that I can find

That something that’s missing between here and there

Help me break those chains

Tammy Vice J Rees Music BMI (c)

Now Morgan is 23.  Education through the Arts has played a major role in opening the doors of communication.  I call her my event planner.  She is always about the Next Big Thing, and our house looks a lot like an art gallery.  She assigns each month a color and theme.  March was green, and “rainbow kites”.  We paint a scene on our sliding glass door to ring in the new month.

The rainbow is a promise.  There are still countless things I don’t know, so I’m thankful I do know  The Rainbow Maker.  🙂

Until Next Time,

Know the Hope!

Tammy

 

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“See What I Mean?”

It’s called developmental delay for a reason… 

“Sometimes a flower blossoms out of season.” – from the song “Blue Rose”

Our Blue Rose will turn twenty this month!  As we celebrate how far she’s come, I also celebrate how much she’s helped me grow over the years.  We are both forever learning what it takes to communicate and understand each other, and the world around us.

 

It has taken Morgan, and autism, a long time to teach me that communication is SO MUCH MORE than words.  It can be heard in a melody, seen in a piece of art, smelled when we’re baking, tasted in a treat, and felt through her gentle “head bumps” and hugs. 

When I’m working with Morgan, I’ve learned to employ all the senses in order to make the project more meaningful to her.  She and I recently co-wrote a song for our upcoming visit to the beach, where they hold a songwriters festival this time of year.  Morgan has a unique way of phrasing things, and I love her lyric.  Below you can listen to the song, and see some of the work we did to bring it together.  Hope you enjoy!

Click HERE to listen to a preview of “A Best Day at The Beach”.

       “Diamond Tail Kite” Drawing                                                 “A Best Day at The Beach” Drawing

 

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             Practicing Our Song                                                                        Morgan’s Lyric

 

 

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Until Next Time,

 

Know The Hope!   

 

Tammy Vice

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