Emma had a dentist appointment recently and her disorganized mother mixed up the time..and actually the day as well. Not hard to believe if you know me. But they were able to squeeze her in at a later time. We had a few hours to spare and Jared was coming home from work so the three of us decided to go to Emma’s favorite place to eat : Islands.
It was really nice as it felt unexpected and special, not to mention quieter since Hayden wasn’t with us. HA! I had the iPad so I asked Emma if she was ready for the dentist.
Emma: Will you use your rare talents?
Me: “What do you mean?”
Emma: with the iPad
Me: “What do you mean – with the dentist?”
Me: “What do you mean my rare talents? You are the one with the incredible talent.”
I smiled at her whimsical choice of words. She seemed to be teasing with me a little. Jared and I continued talking about the dentist and the daily affairs as we jabbered on and on like we usually do. Sometimes, I have to remind myself that she is listening to every word we say even when she doesn’t appear to be listening.
She was devouring her chicken tenders and had one in each hand as I started in on the questions.
Me: “Are you nervous about seeing the dentist? Do you think you’ll communicate with him?”
I held up the iPad. Emma, ever so slowly, put both chicken tenders down and reached up.
Emma: I am trying to eat
Jared and I both let out a laugh. My God, she was right. I was bombarding her with questions with her hands and mouth full of food.
Jared proceeded to let out a yawn and started talking about how tired he was. That conversation went on for a couple minutes. Then Emma reached out to the iPad.
Emma: Rest in God
Me: “Oh, Emma. I love that.”
Including her in our conversations is something that is so new for us. It still feels surreal. It takes time for her to spell everything out at this time. I hope that the effort she has to put forth in order to keep with us babblers is worth it to her. I guess when I consider what this has given her so far – being able to eat at her favorite restaurant, comment on a conversation, or share a bit of her spunky humor – I know that it’s worth the difficulty.
Me: “Emma, what do you like about Islands anyway?”
Emma: the palm trees
Tonight we decided to take the kids out to eat while our car was in the shop.
Me: “Where would you like to go eat, Emma?”
Emma: I prefer Islands
Me: “Are you sure you don’t want to go to Kabuki’s instead?” (okay, obviously that’s where I wanted to go!)
Emma: I am partial to Islands