Monday, April 30, 2012
I Couldn't Imagine
I couldn't imagine a day when he would speak, but he did.
I couldn't imagine him being able to climb stairs on his own without falling, drink from a cup without spilling, eat with a fork and spoon on his own, and ride a bike, but he has learned these things.
I couldn't imagine a day when he would be able to tell me his name, say yes and no, follow a direction when asked to do something, name objects and colors, count to 10, but he can!
These things did not come easy, it took months, or in some cases, years of practice for them to happen, and they still don't happen all the time. But they happen.
Now I can't imagine a day when he will be able to read, write his name, have a real conversation, have a friend over to play, go to the bathroom on his own with no help or accidents. Hopefully these things will happen one day too and I'll have a new list of things that I can't imagine.
Sometimes when I see other kids doing these things so easily, it hits me like a ton of bricks. I feel angry or hopeless and wonder why it has to be so unfair. Then, I have to remind myself to stop comparing and just keep up hope that anything is possible for my son too. He will make his own progress in his own time. Don't take the normal everyday things your child does for granted. Celebrate every accomplishment, no matter how small. It can be difficult, but each time life gets a little easier for my son, when he feels joy, or has more independence, I smile.