Scouring the internet the other night (read that: vegging on various facebook statuses), I pondered a question that sought genuine answers..."What are some positive aspects of having a child with special needs?"
I found that it was a hard question to answer...not because there aren't positive aspects to this specialized life, but that in our situation it contains way too many of the admirable aspects of normal life to be deemed as "special". If you looked past all his "equipment", numerous meds, the fact that he is the size of kids half his age, and his waning energy level compared to other 3 year olds...well, Nathan is a totally normal kiddo living life exploring and learning and enduring and loving. He is living this life as if he doesn't have a clue that it is indeed considered a "special life". As a carefree preschooler, he is blissfully unaware that he is different. And in a lot of ways, we are as well.
The obvious first answer is: the numerous people we've met through the unusual circumstances of this life. I feel like I am beginning to sound like a broken record in mentioning how thankful I am for the amazing people who have greatly enriched our lives the past 3-1/2 years...people who we more than likely would have never met if it weren't for Nathan's life. People who we call friends. People who we love. Those amazing individuals have made our lives better in many different ways, and I don't want to imagine our life without those relationships.