When you look at me, what do you see?
An overprotective Mum, probably,
In fact I know that you do, I’ve heard it said,
But think of me like this instead;
My child has problems that you cannot see,
Conditions called hidden disabilities,
I may always have to be at her side,
She cannot be read, I am her guide.
My child cannot just go out and play,
She cannot go over to her friends and stay,
It’s not just me being selfish and mean,
I am caring for her needs that cannot be seen.
I may always look over my childs shoulder,
I may still need to hold her hand when she’s older,
I do what I do because I think its best,
But I’m not sure if it’s right, I must confess.
But as she gets older, it’s easier to see,
That her independance may always include me,
It’s not me wanting to be in control,
It’s me helping my child to reach her goals.
She may always struggle in a world that can’t see,
Or want to understand hidden disabilities,
But I will always be there, right by her side,
I’ll wear the ‘overprotective mum’ badge with pride.