I think the most exciting hoopla recently has been Cameron participating in this program at The Monterey Bay Aquarium: http://specialkidsscuba.org/faq.html. He had his first scuba diving experience, used up a full tank of air and let me know first thing upon coming out that he was awesome :)
And doesn't his expression say it!
I think someone was feeling proud of overcoming sensory challenges… like breathing through a regulator that nearly stopped him at the start. I love the look! The sensory issues can be so heartbreaking to see and so limiting; breakthroughs mean so much. That look, that self-evaluation is real fuel for future effort and it made me just teary happy!
• after I'd made some comment about his dad mis-planning sometimes too, "Even Dad? Dad is one of the most prestigious people I know! (It turned out he defined prestigious as someone who does things well and doesn't procrastinate :) )
(Okee dokee, he's got me there! I'm always in for surprises. Never did I expect that line of reasoning?!?!?)
• commenting, "Dad is more of a king than I am and I am more of an intrepid explorer."
(Me: Forgot what?)
"That I am magnificent!"
(Once he noticed I was making a note for a cute antic he added, "Be sure to add an exclamation point.)
• after I noticed the finger eating and gave a friendly point at his fork he informed me, "I don't mind eating like a brute."
Cameron: You're young for an adult.
Me: Oh? What's old?
(Very matter of fact, as if I should know these things.)
• "Don't just yank off my pants!" (Ah the days when I could notice a pair of pants needed to go to Goodwill and just give a playful tug seem to be gone. Apparently, he's opposed to exposing legs to Mom anymore.)
• Cute antic when my child wants the computer:
Cameron: Lovely mommy of sweetness, will you have mercy on your poor son?
Me: Poor son?
Cameron: "I'm trying to make you laugh so that you'll let me use the computer and have fun."
Well… it worked, but he had to wait for me to type up this cute antic.
• describing a story, "One time he managed to escape and one time he managed to die."
• getting well trained by the neighborhood dog who came to visit while he was doing his chores, "Well, I had to do something. So, I went over and got my frisbee."
Last weekend, he had decided to make a cursive p in a way that added a second loop and was refusing to acknowledge a reminder. He looked at the youtube video I pulled up and insisted that that was just one way to make a cursive p and he could do it differently. He got very upset, but I chose not to fight the battle at that time.
This weekend, at breakfast, he was just quietly contemplating and said:
"I should have just listened to you and I would have been done much better."
"I spent a lot of time arguing with you about things that you turned out to be right."
"Why didn't I just agree with you? I know that you're much smarter than I am and you're usually right."
• My Facebook post:
One of his speech therapists told me years ago that I should write a book entitled "My quotable son." Here is the latest of his wisdom, now that he's reached the ripe old age of nine, "I'm very fastidious about my dirty feet."Note: I think the idea was that he should be allowed to keep the layer of dirt atop his feet as an expression of his explorer spirit. Well, I pick my battles. I don't fight over backwards clothing, but inside out is too much. General dustiness is expected, but a dark layer means Mom will point him to the tub before sharing close proximity... or proximity to her things like the ever tempting computer! Only having a sister, perhaps I suffer from inexperience with little boys who sometimes seem like a slightly different species :)
• And a cute antic for the parents of this child… My Facebook status:
I didn't lose it when my kiddo scraped the coffee table across the floor for the third time in a row!
After taking a deep breath...
I could see it was clear he was upset with himself and really just forgetting as he listened to music class.
I flipped over the table.
Rachel Miner Hey, hey, hey! You know I was calm when I flipped the table... the losing it after the third repetition though was a near miss!