Young at heart
Today, Emma woke up feeling bad. She normally loves laying in bed for long periods of time in the morning ( who doesn’t!), but today I could tell she wasn’t feeling well. OH! I thought!! I can finally ask her what ‘s wrong!! Yippee! She wasn’t really feeling good enough for a letterboard to be shoved in her face, but I tried to be gentle with it. I know that sometimes it isn’t a good time for her to communicate. There are times when she doesn’t want to point or she just points random letters. During those times I ask myself, “Is this just me? Can she really do this or do I want it so badly that I’ve concocted this whole thing in my mind?” But as soon as I ask myself that she blows me away with her unique and thoughtful words and I realize there’s no way I would have thought to put “patronize” in a sentence.
She told me it was her tummy, but she felt hot, too, so I gave her some motrin. She felt better within the hour. I LOVE that stuff. It has really come through for us all! I also recently found out she has headaches like mine, too. But they don’t seem to be as frequent or bad, thank God!
Later, we sat on the couch and I held the letterboard up. Sometimes, she will just reach out to it.
Emma: I read over our blog last night
Me: You did!!? What do you think?
Emma: I like it
Me: Emma, do you remember when we had you on the diet a couple years ago? Do you remember if it helped at all?
Emma: I remember that I was hungry
Me: You were? I thought so. But do you think it helped clear your mind, help you focus?
Me: What do you think has helped the most out of everything I’ve done? What would you say has been the most helpful to you?
Emma: I think that it has helped that you are young at heart
Me: Really!? Wow. What do you mean by young at heart? How has that helped?
Emma: Because you are a gay and happy artist.
Me: Did you say “gay and happy”
Me: Do you think that I’m an artist?
Me: Are you an artist?
Me: What kinds of things would you like to do as an artist?
Me: I think we should start painting together. I think it would be good for both of us.