Yesterday I was very grumpy with Jonathan. Everything he did and said (and how he did and said it) annoyed me, and I couldn't wait till he went to bed. Then he got up twice AFTER going to bed. It was hot and sticky and I felt so irritable with him I could hardly stand it or myself.
This morning he went off to Extend-a-Family camp with a big smile on his face, and I got thinking about how, no matter what, I'm always eager to see him when 4:00 rolls around -- even though he immediately starts quizzing me about whether I've gone to the library and what we are having for supper and whether there will be a newspaper tomorrow and whether it's garbage day and whether he can have Cheesies for a snack and so on and so on.
EAF camp has many special needs children -- some are verbal, some not; some are independently mobile, some not; some are social, some not. Without actually comparing people (which is a waste of time), I can't help thinking of all the positive qualities Jonathan has:
- He is affectionate and friendly, not aloof or off in his own world. He loves to snuggle.
- He takes pleasure in simple things and remembers those simple pleasures months and years after they happen (going for ice-cream with Grandma & Grandpa in PEI, going to McDonald's on the trip out east, doing a giant hockey puzzle at his cousins' house, having hot dogs and sausages at someone's house after church, etc.).
- He can communicate. He understands everything said to him and verbalizes his own needs and ideas more and more clearly all the time.
- He holds no grudges and keeps no record of wrongs; he only remembers the good things.
- He treats everyone the same regardless of age, ability, or status.
- He is honest. He never pretends or deceives.
Anyone who is reading this probably already knows all this. So really, I guess, I wrote it for me.