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sing it all in your own voice.

By on Apr 17, 2012 | 14 comments

My friend Amy McCracken (Richmond on our 3x3x365 blog) has declared today to be the National Day of Tess Ptak. Here’s what she wrote on her Facebook wall this morning:

I love the responses that are pouring in:

Folks are making suggestions for how to celebrate:

Singer/Songwriter Tamara Bailie even wrote a song for Tess, a beautiful paean to kids who are different, and special, and loved as they are.

Click here to hear the song, Fly, by Tamara Bailie

“Fly” ┬áTamara Bailie – March, 2012

Some of us can see the colors
Some have never seen
Some of us can tell the stories
Some have never dreamed
Some of us are used to hearing
Something isn’t right
Some of us are learning something
Some may never find

Fly
Close your eyes
Let your light shine
As you rise
Into the sky
Leave the rest behind
Just Fly

Some of us love deeper than
Some others think is wise
Some of us are more than
Someone else may recognize
Some of us see beauty in
Some of the smallest things
Some of us are made of
Something stronger than we seem

Fly
Close your eyes
Let your light shine
As you rise
Into the sky
Leave the rest behind
Just Fly

May you be brave
May you be strong
May you write every word
To your own song
May you be bold
With every choice
And sing it all
In your own voice

Fly
Close your eyes
Let your light shine
As you rise
Into the sky
Leave the rest behind
Just Fly…

 

It is easy to feel broken when you see the world from a different vantage point, when you get in trouble at school, when you feel panic and rage and don’t know why. It is really easy to feel broken then. Today we are taking Tess for a day-long assessment to see how we can better help her feel happy and whole. My thanks to a whole community of people, most of whom have never met her, who can see the beauty in her differences and be inspired by them. My love. April 17th. National Tess Ptak Day. Rock on, y’all. Rock on.

My thanks, Amy, for loving her and starting this fantastic celebration of her on a day when it would be easy to focus on what’s “wrong.”

This is a day for everyone who makes strong offers into the world just as they are. Perfect in their delicious differences. Amen. How will you celebrate?