Almost daily, that phrase pops into my head – Lily needs time to be Lily. Her very first ABA therapist, Ann, said this when Lily was only 18 months old and it struck me – even then. This kid spends most of her days working – trying to do things that you and I take for granted. Like picking up a fork and putting it to your mouth, walking a straight line, talking. And you know what? Sometimes all the work has to just stop. Lily needs time to do the things she wants. So every day, I try to give her that opportunity. This evening, I took her out to dinner to celebrate the end of a busy week. She chose the restaurant. And then afterwards, she chose where we walked and what we did. Tonight we crashed a jazz concert. Who knew this kid liked jazz??? She won the hearts of everyone in the crowd, including the musicians. She has a way with people. So what else does this kid like to do?
- Making friends with fellow diners, and trying to get some of their food
- Cuddling up to cute guys with iPads
- Running down the street while listening to her favorite tunes
- Practicing stair-climbing
- Admiring every shiny car wheel she sees
- Looking at flowers in bloom
- Sometimes wanting to hold my hand
- Sometimes giving me cuddles and kisses
- Tummy patting
- Wading through puddles
- Looking up at the trees
Watching her – completely content in activities of her choosing – makes me so very happy. Sometimes I feel like the luckiest mommy in the world.