Saturday, June 12, 2010
Before all the other kids were out of school for the summer, we decided to take the little ones somewhere fun for the day. When we asked Elijah where he wanted to go, he quickly said that he wanted to "Go to the zoo to see animals." Because communication is so difficult for Elijah, we were thrilled that he was able to answer this question so clearly. We set off to bring him to the zoo. On the way, we decided to stop at a park that is on the river by our house. He loved throwing the rocks in the water. He didn't want to stop. It was a perfect day and we were enjoying it so much at the park, that we decided to skip the zoo and just stay there...after all, we did see lots of birds and squirrels...wouldn't that count? In my mind, I thought that he wouldn't even notice that we didn't go to the zoo because he was having so much fun. Wrong. The next day. I asked him where we went yesterday. He looked at me with his big grin and said "The not-zoo." We laughed so hard and he laughed along with us...continuing to tease us with his statement. I have learned my lesson--never assume he isn't aware of everything that is going on just because he has limited means of communicating to us!
I will praise God today for Elijah and for his autism. I wasn't sure I would be able to say these words when we first started on this journey with him. But, God knew...and as I have removed the layers that God had wrapped this gift in, I found His strength, His compassion, and His gifts of grace and mercy for each new day.
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