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Underestimating - A hard habit to break

Posted by Ivonne R on July 21, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Within all the issues that Devin deals with daily and within his lack of communication, there is a pretty sharp little guy in there and sometimes I find myself dwelling too much on all the things he can't do and don’t realize I’m missing some of what he can…


Sunday morning my hubby decided he wanted to go to the beach – early, for a little while to avoid crowds – for Devin to get some run time in the sand and a little water activity.


- Important side note: we have a pool that Devin absolutely loves and would live in if we let him! –


After getting his “water gear” (beach shorts, sun proof shirt, towel, beach bag) he realized we’re doing a water activity and without much prompting, Devin cooperated getting dressed, understanding water fun was coming.


Once dressed, he proceeded to go straight to the back door since he knows that’s the way to the pool area, however since we were going to the beach, daddy pulled him away from the back towards the front saying “we're not going to the pool, we’re going to the beach today”.


Devin, understanding something was missing here, then proceeded to head to the bathroom and climbed the little step stool we keep in there for him and got exactly what he headed there for… you see, Devin had ear tubes and to this day we still cover his ears during water activities with a head / ear band which we usually keep hanging in the bathroom.


Although taken away from the backdoor, the only way to the pool, he understood that we were still doing a water activity (because of the clothing) and knew he needed to get his head / ear band which I had neglected to get.


Sometimes (most times lately) he blows me away and makes me realize there’s more to him than what meets the eye.


A happily cooperating young thing then withstood the long ride to the beach (like a model citizen) and the payoff is seen in this picture… pure unadulterated happiness at its best (oh yeah, head band and all!)


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Reply Dianna
10:40 AM on August 5, 2013 
What you and Dennis go through on a daily basis just to make sure your child is loved and cared for is heartwarming and heartbreaking. You two simple amaze me with your awesomeness