First, I’m supposed to be catching you up on my Family Manager Action Plan. I’m kind of brain dead, so I’m having a really hard time thinking of a fancy way of saying…I need rehab. I started off great, and Shelly is awesome. Then I had a hard autism week. Then I was struggling with how to adapt to Meatball’s dropping nap time and homeschooling. Then we got sick.
So, I haven’t given up. I still have my notebook and Shelley’s encouraging, sweet voice in my head. “When you’re overwhelmed, sit down and make a list of what has to be done NOW. What needs to be done in this moment? Ignore everything else.”
And what needs to be done now is that I need to go to bed. So I’m going to share this post with you that I was saving for later in the week. Enjoy!
OK, I’m about to date myself. Some of you will remember Whitney Houston belting out, “Give me one moment in time…” as the orchestra crescendoed behind her. I thought about that song the other day, but for a different reason.
What made me think of the lyrics was what Dr. J said to me. I had asked, “Who wants to feed Lucy?”
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Dr. J looked at me in all sincerity and said, “Mom, I don’t want to cough on Lucy’s fish food. So I’m not going to feed her today. I’ll feed her when my coughs are all gone.” He melted my heart. I remembered when he used to walk by a crying baby brother who had just fallen, completely ignoring him. My little man’s empathy has come a long way!
And so I stood there, Whitney’s lyrics filling my head. I watched little Meatball climb up onto the bench and feed the fish. We had had some rough moments that day, but at that specific moment, all was right with the world.
This got me thinking about other wonderful moments:
- When Dr. J made a picture book for Meatball and read it to him.
- When I listened to a wide-awake Meatball chatter to his Daddy as they shared a late-night snack on the floor in the boys’ room.
- When I come home and Meatball says, “I missed you, Mom!” Even when it’s just coming from putting something in the car!
- When I watch my boys act out Bible stories with their blocks and people toys.
- When I see the pride in my boys’ face over big-boy underwear.
- When Dr. J finds a way to cope with something that used to cause a meltdown.
- When my boys put on a concert.
- When the four of us actually get to play a game together.