Paying it forward Isaac was happy to get up super early on a super cold Saturday morning to support big brother Michael and the National Center For Sports Safety,...
Getting to help set up vendor tables for a 800+ runner race was totally cool!
Oh yes,...Isaac was determine to make sure those runner had plenty of potassium, via bananas and oranges. What a joy to watch the social interaction of our little guy has he utterly charmed the socks off the runners!
"Here you go!" said Isaac passing out fruit with his sunshine smile! There is not a shy bone in this little guy! Bold as a lion,...he'll speak to anyone, and rare is when the reaction not sheer delight. Seriously? It's pretty amazing to witness so much charism, but then again,...our little guy 'fakes' nothing! Is he typical? Nope, but he's utterly, completely, totally self-confident! He's happy, very, very happy. He's polite, very, very polite. And he's utterly, completely, totally sincere for he really does want others to have a great day!
There is no doubt our little guy is a people person,...but then he does have good role models. Everyone in the world needs to have a big brothers like Teddy and Michael in their life.
Mark, set go,...Isaac,...racing toward the future at his elementary school's Rocket Run,...
Look,...that's our little guy,...racing with his schoolmates around the quarter mile track. Okay,...we did keep a close eye on our little guy,...habit,...but Isaac ran very independently. He didn't have to have us ten steps away during the race,...such a progress is such a blessing!!!
See Isaac's peas? Oh he's been soooooo excited about this science experiment,...talking about his peas at home!!! Did you get that? Our little guy is talking at home about a school project!!!! These are HUGE developmental leaps,....
How about handling disappointment?
Saturday morning was so promising,...not a cloud in the sky,...and we had errands to run across town. "You bet we'll stop by the playground on the way home!" Mama promised,...because her little guy had behaved like a CHAMP as we signed him up for Miracle League and then dove into a very crowded Special Needs fair to visit a vendor or two,...or three or four,...or oh my goodness,...Mama talked to nearly everyone, while her little guy stayed right next to her, when he wasn't charming spinners and beach balls from the table attendants. Meeting Uncle George for lunch, another errand,...and finally we head toward the playground,...only the skies were darkening, even as Isaac hopefully said, "It not rain,...it sunny!"
Oh dear,...it did rain in a torrential downpour, but we briefly stopped at the playground, because this Mama doesn't make promises she doesn't keep.
"We try again,...later?" asked Isaac hopefully...yielding the umbrella, and he dearly loves an umbrella.
"Absolutely!" Mama promises,...and Mama keeps her promises.
Only Sunday is rainy too,...oh dear,...but after church Isaac finds consolation for his playground disappointment at the bookstore,...
Racing into spring,...our little guy is also racing into more developmental breakthroughs, which are for us very exciting.
When our journey began,...we didn't know if our little guy would be able to tolerate long errand days,...or disappointments,...or outside activities without the fear of his wandering away,...but six years later,...look at our little guy turning into a social butterfly,...becoming a real helper at home,...and learning how to navigate social situations with his own special little finesse.
In our modern world,...it's so rare to see individuals so comfortable with 'who they are.' Isaac knows who he is,...he's GREAT,...and best of all,...he thinks YOU'RE GREAT, TOO!
Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!